According to UNESCO’s observation as of 10th April 2020, 91.3 per cent of the world’s student population (1.6 billion children and youth) has been hit by school closures in 188 countries.
In Malaysia, school closures have affected 8 million students nationwide.
Therefore, this is the time when digital preparedness comes in crucial to support the students in terms of obtaining education. Education institutions have responded by holding online classes to ensure continuous learning. This is also to avoid the teachers from having to make time for replacement classes and rushing through syllabuses once the schools are allowed to open.
While the Education Ministry has listed online learning platforms like EduwebTV and CikgooTube, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Kahoot, Quizizz, as well as the list of learning resources provided by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), not all students are as fortunate to get access to these options. They would need Internet access as well as digital devices such as computer, laptops, tablets or smartphones.