“Initially, I was studying for my IGCSE so that got cancelled and then my entire ending of high school got cancelled.” - Laura, Student
“Assignments increased. I was exhausted from dealing with all the assignments.” - Yuka, Student
“I think the pandemic and MCO [Movement Control Order] was so sudden. We [the teachers] couldn’t teach at school and the students, too, couldn’t be at school. We would teach the students for about 3 hours a day, online. It was challenging for us teachers as well as for the students.” - Cikgu Chew Soo Lee, Teacher
“We are a boarding school, and students had to stay in the compound [when the Movement Control Order was enforced]. Students couldn’t go back [home].It was quite difficult for us [teachers] to tell them what was actually happening.” - Cikgu Hazwan, Teacher
“I'm dealing with starting a completely new school. I am really fortunate to have a lot of friends from my law school where I am right now.” - Laura, Student
“We [teachers] learned a lot during the MCO. We have heard positive feedback from parents where students were more independent and they seem to have grown up. They learned to do everything by themselves instead of relying on teachers and parents.” - Cikgu Chew Soo Lee, Teacher
“So by showing them [students] real life examples of what is really happening out there like showing them some videos about what’s going on, asking them to read some articles about it [the pandemic situation] - this could help students be more exposed to what has been happening..” - Cikgu Hazwan, Teacher
2020’s unprecedented and rapid changes made it clear that we need to begin thinking about what we must do to rebuild our world for a better tomorrow.