It was a bright and breezy Saturday morning at Kampung Quop, Kuching, Sarawak. Daphne Xandria with 19 of her Year 6 school friends were heading to the Pusat Internet to have their first experience learning about fractions with eCikgu. They are part of the first batch of Year 6 students from 48 Pusat Internet who engaged with Cikgu Salmizee and Cikgu Denis via the live chat forum which is part of the eKelas portal. With headphones on, they chatted with their teachers and asked questions, fully engaged throughout the eCikgu lesson plan over 40 minutes which included a tutorial and Q&A segment.
Maxis eKelas is on a strong growth momentum, with the flagship community programme now being delivered at 72 Pusat Internet under Maxis’ care across 10 states, with over 9,000 students connecting through the programme.
Maxis’ eKelas, which is delivered through Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)-owned Pusat Internet under Maxis care, focuses on Science, Mathematics and English. The programme is also now recognised by the Ministry of Education as an initiative under its Highly Immersive Programme, where students are eligible to collect co-curricular marks from their participation in eKelas.
At Pusat Internet Kampung Krokong, about 2 hours’ drive from Kuching along a scenic route with views of balmy forests and foggy hills, we were greeted by 40 Primary 6 students from two nearby schools clad in their school uniforms, accompanied by their teachers and headmistress. They were there that Friday morning in early January to find out about eKelas.
Kampung Krokong was just one of the locations we visited as part of our big recruitment roadshow in 2019 for the new age groups – Primary 6, Form 4 and Form 5 in addition to the existing Form 1 to Form 3.