28 Oct GOTS Online Classes
Making the best of a difficult situation
Parents who send their children to Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School are supportive of its online classes.
With Covid-19 surging, all classes at GOTS have gone online and are held on weekdays from 8.30am until 3.45pm.
Miyana Rastam, whose daughter Nur Eliza Mohamad Farkuruzi, 10, enrolled in GOTS two years ago, appreciates the coaches’ ‘human touch’.
“It feels as if the coaches are right there beside her,” said Miyana.
“I’ve observed some of the classes and could see how responsive the coaches are.
“I’m also happy GOTS created an email for Eliza where it sends homework or worksheets. My other daughter, who is in a different school, has her homework sent to my email. It gets messy at times.”
She said all the subjects are covered while the classes have made Eliza more independent.
Miyana said Eliza misses her classmates and feels a little isolated because she can’t attend school.
“She can’t wait to go back to school. For now, I’m just grateful she is keeping up with her studies.”
Dr Henry Savarimuthu has two children in GOTS – eight-year-old Lumena Lea and Lucas Jude, who is only four.
Dr Savarimuthu said while it is impossible to replace physical classrooms with online classes, he is happy with its quality.
“My daughter loves the discussions, debates and projects. She is very involved in her lessons.”
He added he is impressed by how independent Lucas has become.
“He can turn on the laptop by himself. He even knows how to type the password to enter his online classes and knows when to turn on and turn off the microphone,” said Dr Savarimuthu.
“I’m also happy GOTS reduced the hours for Lucas’ class as it is best not to spend too much time in front of the laptop.”
Nasreen Ma Czin Nasir Ma Lee, who is also an educator, feels the online lessons teach children to be more disciplined.
“It is not a long-term solution, but we have to do it because of Covid-19,” said Nasreen, whose daughter Alisha Azlan is 12.
“Children need social interaction. Being stuck at home will allow my daughter to be more appreciative of school – although she does love attending school.”
Nasreen said she was a bit worried as the classes are long but is happy with the 15-minute breaks in between lessons.
Kasthuri Kasilingam said her daughter Sadhna Kasilingam looks forward to the classes.
“Getting up is not an issue. She has to wear the uniform even though she is at home. This helps to instil discipline.”
“I’ve listened in on some of the classes, and the coaches do make the lessons interesting.
“The quizzes are quite exciting as the kids fight to finish the day in first place.”
Theresa Teoh Guat Cheng said the online lessons mean her son Jayden Ng Kyler spends his time productively.
“I was worried he would be spending the time at home just watching YouTube or playing games,” said Teoh.
“The classes take up most of the day and I’m grateful for that. There are more than enough break times for him to still do his stuff.”
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