The year 2020 has been tumultuous one for educators. Hundreds of thousands of teachers across globe had to get to grips with online platforms to deliver their lessons. Millions of students were stuck at home doing their lessons via websites like Zoom. This has created unprecedented transformation in education as technology has taken centre stage. quality of education differed around the world according to quality of Internet connections, level of preparedness of teachers and their competence in engaging with technology. It also depended on what kind of devices students had at home. Many students were deprived of lessons because they had no computer, tablet or smartphone.
The Education Ministry in Malaysia has rolled out new initiative to help underprivileged children. Around 150,000 eligible pupils from 500 schools will receive device to enable them to participate in online lessons. Education Minister hopes to build on success of this initial rollout to expand programme. He said: "Apart from assisting pupils and schools in need, this pilot project is to find best implementation method before it is proposed for expansion." plans include enhancing educational television programming for students with no Internet access, and employing sign language interpreters to help hard of hearing. teacher said she was happy her government was prioritizing students' needs.