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GEORGE TOWN, June 10 -- "I almost gave up studying for my SPM," said Ainaa Rayiqah Mat Rosli who in the end achieved 7As and 1B when the examination results were announced today.
Ainaa Rayiqah, 18, from Sungkai, Perak said she was close to quitting school as the online learning experience initially became too difficult for her due as there was no Internet connection at home.
"I almost gave up in the beginning because I felt that SPM was no more important at that time. The exam date kept getting postponed," she said at a Zoom meeting arranged by The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) here today.
Ainaa Rayiqah was one of the students selected under the NCIA's empowerNCER Academic Programme, which combined online learning and face-to-face sessions and successfully eased students' learning process amidst unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme, organised for the first time last year, was participated by 1,950 Form Five students from B40 households in 51 schools across Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak.
Ainaa Rayiqah said the programme had helped a lot in terms of revision and additional training for core subjects.
"The tablet and exercises provided made it easy for me to revise. Soon I was back on track preparing for SPM," she said.
For Muhammad Shazwan Saharuddin, 18, who scored 7As for his SPM, said his father, the family’s sole breadwinner, works as a paddy farmer and he found it difficult to attend online classes.
“At first, the new norm of online learning was very much a burden to me as I had limited Internet access.
“However, the i-Learn Ace application provided by NCER and IUKL helped a lot for my SPM preparation as I could refer to notes and do exercises by only using a smartphone offline after only having to register once,” said Shawzwan from Kerian, Perak.
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