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No internet, electricity force residents of East Manggarai to study old-fashioned way during school closures

first_imgThe Maumere Education Agency dismissed classroom teaching on Friday following the instructions for a two-week school closure by the East Nusa Tenggara administration.“My sibling and I have to study at home. I’m doing math, while my sibling learns how to read. Both of us are studying ‘manually’ without computer and internet,” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. Waelengga Catholic Elementary School Principal, Adrianus Panu said that the school assignments were given manually by the teachers to the students. Every morning, the teachers delivers the school assignments directly to hundreds if students.“The 14-day at-home learning policy has given us a huge challenge. We teachers also have to prepare the learning materials at home for our 290 students,” Adrianus said.  Students in the inland areas of East Manggarai regency in East Nusa Tenggara have to study using books, paper and pens while their schools are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic since they have no electricity, internet or computers.Among them are Andreas Mariano Makur and Yohanes Jubilian Dahu Ndolu, two students from Waelengga Catholic Elementary School. They have been working on their school assignments the old-fashioned way since Saturday. Separately, a teacher of Mok Catholic Elementary School in Komba district, Ursula Manggung, said she has been preparing study materials for her students in Mok and Nunur villages for the duration. With the help of her husband she too has to deliver the assignments directly to her students’ houses while also monitoring their learning progress.East Manggarai Cultural and Education Agency head Basilius Teto said the agency instructed schools to send their students home to follow a policy set by the central government to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.He acknowledged the policy faced hindrances in the inland areas as some villages did not have access to electricity, let alone internet access, forcing the students and teachers to carry out the home learning the old-fashioned way.“Except for the ones who live in the city, most of the students are unable to do online study since they have no access to an internet network. Many of them don’t know how to operate computers and the internet either,” he said.Meanwhile, the coordinator of the national exam proctors for high schools in East Manggarai, Lukas Samba, said that the national exams for high school and vocational school students have been postponed from its original schedule on March 30. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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Suarez happy with Anfield progress

first_img The Uruguay international has scored 29 times and is the top flight’s leading scorer with 22. Suarez’s form has regularly seen him linked with clubs who can offer him Champions League football but the 26-year-old has constantly stressed he is happy at Anfield, having only signed an improved contract less than 12 months ago. “I’m having a nice time because the club is growing and I feel I’m helping personally,” said Suarez, who is back in Uruguay preparing for crucial World Cup qualifiers at home to Paraguay on Friday and in Chile on Tuesday. “I do not know if I’m in the best form but I feel like it’s my fate to score and I have to take advantage.” While Suarez has once again been insisting he is content at Anfield, team-mate Jose Reina has been doing the same. The Spain goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away this summer with former club Barcelona seemingly top of the list as they are on the look-out for a long-term replacement for Victor Valdes. Reina, who could make a rare start for Spain in their World Cup qualifiers because of injury to Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, has dismissed the speculation. “I believe that is conjecture. It’s not in my hands and the rumour mill is part of this,” he told Spanish newspaper AS. “It’s a great club (Barcelona) but I’m happy at Liverpool.” Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is happy to have contributed significantly to the progress made under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Bramble 55 not out, Joseph 5-75 pilot Johnson’s XI to 5-wicket win

first_imgANTHONY Bramble warmed up with an unbeaten second-innings half-century to complement pacer Keon Joseph’s five- wicket haul as Leon Johnson’s XI secured a 5-wicket win over Anthony Adams’ XI in yesterday’s final day of the first 3-Day practice game played at Providence. After making 174 in the first innings, Adams’ XI ended on 154 all out batting a second time.Top-scorer Raymond Perez, who overnighted with 40, failed to convert on the final day, while his partner Jonathan Foo who had 27 was removed for 35, with Ronaldo Alimohamed the next best scorer with 27.Senior Jaguars pacer Joseph got himself going as he bagged 5 for 75 from 10 overs for the Johnson’s XI. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie also gained some confidence ahead of the season with returns of 3 for 33. Eyeing a 100-plus run target on Day 3, Johnson’s XI batsmen were focussed despite losing a few wickets on their way to a much-needed win, ending on 202 for 5 after they were steamrolled for a measly first-innings 127.Guyana’s leading run-scorer in 4-Day matches over the past few seasons, wicketkeeper Bramble, led the way with an unbeaten 55 off 49 with 8 fours, making up for his first-innings failure.Middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh (47) narrowly missed a half-century but he too made amends for his failed first attempt as he dug in for 118 minutes.The openers, Chandrapaul Hemraj and Trevon Griffith, also got their feet moving as they hit 30 and 26 respectively. Skipper Johnson looked good with 3 sweet fours but eventually fell for 17 as his woes continued. All-rounder Chris Barnwell scored 17 but his recent form is a reminder that he could possibly score a big one in the second match.Adams’ XI managed to find success with Foo who returned with 3 wickets and Ricardo Adams 2 for 36.Jaguars marquee players Devendra Bishoo had 5 wickets, Academy and Windies Youth player Kevin Sinclair hit the only other half-century, apart from Bramble, and bagged wickets as well as Joseph who got into good rhythm on the final day – all good signs ahead of the Regional 4-Day.Meanwhile, players will look to make their final impressions when the final two-day practice match bowls off on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.last_img read more

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