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学习创意美术对小孩的益处

如果你问我,未来的20年后,哪一项技能是孩子必须掌握的?

我的答案肯定是创意思维。

如果今天,你还只是在为孩子的学术课业烦恼,而不是把培养重点放在提升创意思维上,那么这个孩子就真的会输在起跑点了。随着人工智能 (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE )的普及化,现在已经有很多工作被智能机器取代了,比如运输分类,餐厅点餐服务,机场系统等等。在未来,人工智能将更加占据我们人类的生活,那么意味着在未来,我们的孩子所面对的不只是人类的竞争,也需面对人工智能的竞争。

然而,不是所有工作将被人工智能取代,关于创意的行业反而在未来是很不可缺少的。以后的每个行业一定都会需要创意和审美观, 而每一个领袖或精英,也一定是拥有超强的创意和敏锐的审美观!

那么要怎样培养孩子的 创意和审美观呢?唯一一个可以透过想象力,把创意体现出来的学科就会美术。 美术包括绘画,手工,粘土制作,雕像等,而创意美术不是注重在美和技巧的呈现,也包括作品的原创性和创意的表达。今天,让我们一起来看看,创意美术还有些什么好处:-

1) 提高自信心

有自信心的人不一定是成功的人,但成功的人肯定有自信心。 画画,是宣泄自己,自我表达的最好方式。有些时候,当孩子的一些想法无法表达出来,就可以表现在创作上。

评价一个孩子的绘画天分,不能用 ‘像不像’ 来说,但在过程中,你的一个鼓励和肯定,会让孩子保持画画的积极性,可以一直坚持下去,并在这方面得到自信。除此之外,也让孩子讲讲自己的创作内容,从而培养语言组织和表达能力。

2)提升审美观

在绘画过程中的探索,能让孩子的智力和审美观得到一定的提升,从而发现世界的美,感受世界的美。审美的能力不是突然说有就有的,也不是花钱就能买到的。它是靠孩子从小的生活环境,艺术修养熏陶而得的。一个从小喜欢美术的孩子和一个从小只看电视玩游戏的孩子,在长大后气质会产生非常大的区别。

3)提升记忆力&想象力

学习美术,有利于发展记忆力和想象力, 特别是想象力。孩子的想象力是非常丰富,宝贵和奇特的,这些都是未来科技,文学创作,产品创新的最基本原料,所以我们不要当想象力的杀手,要坚持让孩子的想象力得到扩展。

孩子在画画的时候,除了观察事物,还要把一些特点记住。比如孩子画的是之前度假的情景 ,在创作是,需要孩子去回忆。为了画出自己心中所想的事物,孩子需要开动大脑,去回忆,去想象。而每当孩子看到想画的场景或事物,就会更用心地把细节记在脑海中。

4)提升观察能力

在画画的过程种,孩子会不断用自己的视角观察我们美丽的世界,并融入到自己的创作中。你会发现学画画的孩子看待世界角度比较不太一样, 通常比较感恩和更加注意一个东西的质感,更能欣赏和体会世界的美!

5) 培养儿童良好的学习习惯

儿童在学绘画的时候,当然少不了准备绘画的素材,还要自己构思画面,给画画塑造构型,给画面涂色等. 从开始到呈现的所有过程中,都是独立完成和独特的。所以绘画可以有效培养孩子独立思考和专注的能力, 根本没有任何一个活动能与绘画相比。

除此之外,在绘画的过程中, 儿童的细心,耐心和坚持都能被培养,从小画出好习惯。

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Education Centre owners, are you ready to grow your business? Here’s how the Malaysian Government can help!

Take advantage of their grant offer immediately.

According to research, almost 60% of the world’s population is online. We see people staring at screens without being aware of their surroundings. Teens texting on their phones instead of chatting with their peers. In this increasingly digitalised world, going digital is no longer a buzzword. It is a necessity. If you’re operating an education centre and are still managing your workflow manually, how do you prevent yourself from falling behind?

As a tuition centre owner himself, our founder, Darren, realised a few years ago that the old way of filing papers and updating Excel sheets is no longer a viable solution. In order to thrive, we needed a better system. That’s why he came up with AOneSchools – a management system that streamlines administrative tasks for education centres.  Back then, switching to a completely new way of doing things was nerve-wracking, to say the least. We did not have many precedents to refer to, and resources were scarce. Developing a brand new software and convincing other centres to give it a go was a daunting experience. However, in the past couple of years, other industries have started catching up. More and more digital solutions have popped up in our country, and now, we are proud to see that even the government is starting to realize the need to make a change.

In Malaysia’s 2020 Budget presentation, the Ministry of Finance announced that it will provide a new grant initiative, to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country adopt more electronic solutions in their operations. They called it the SME Digitalisation Initiative.

What is the SME Digitalisation Initiative?

As mentioned above, the Malaysian government is hoping to encourage local companies to incorporate modern technology to manage their businesses. The SME Digitalisation Initiative is a grant to give these enterprises a boost. A 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 per company will be awarded to eligible businesses that purchase digital service(s) from designated provider(s). For example, as a music school owner, you’ve decided to subscribe to an electronic point-of-sale software for RM8,000. With this grant, you can get up to RM4,000 of the fees subsidized by the government. This allows you to upgrade your operations without taking on too much financial risk. No fees are required for the application, and the grant will be valid for a period of 5 years beginning from February 17 2020, or upon reaching 100,000 applicants, whichever comes first.

What can you purchase with this grant?

The Ministry of Finance has identified 7 types of services that the SME digitalisation grant can be used for:

  1. Electronic Point-of-Sale System (e-POS)
  2. Human Resource (HR) Payroll System / Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System
  3. Digital Marketing / Sales
  4. Procurement
  5. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Accounting and Taxation
  6. Remote Working Solutions 
  7. E-commerce
  1. Electronic Point-of-Sale System (e-POS):

An electronic point-of-sale system, or e-POS, is a software that can help companies manage sales and cashflow data efficiently. One of the biggest time drains for education centre owners, whether it be tuition centres, sports academies, or art schools; is having to deal with billing and cash management. Having to track each student’s enrolment, fee information, and payment method; not to mention tracing fees collected through online banking to match them to the right payees… these tasks can make even the most organised person want to pull their hair out. One of the most rewarding feelings of being an educator is being able to watch students learn and grow under your tutelage, but even the most passionate of teachers can feel like drowning at times when dealing with financial paperwork.

At AOne, we recognised this problem early on, and strove to develop a solution for it. With our software, you can rest easy knowing that invoices are being generated automatically to students, based on the packages that you offer. There is even an in-app payment feature available, so you won’t have to process payments every month – or worse still, go through a pile of cash deposit and bank-in slips to figure out which students they came from. When customers make payments through your app, their receipts will be issued automatically, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your freed-up time doing things you love. 

2. Human Resource (HR) Payroll System / Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System:

To operate an education centre, you not only have to manage your students, but also the teachers that you employ. If you think organizing student data is hard, try tracking teacher payroll. Going through attendance records, calculating employee hours, totalling payment amounts – these could easily take up days of an administrator’s time. That is time that could be better used for marketing your business, preparing for lessons, and thinking up ways to better serve your students. If you employ many teachers and need a solution for this tedious process, consider getting a software that simplifies it for you.

3. Digital Marketing / Sales:

A business without customers is just a hobby. A good digital marketing service provides solutions for you to promote your school to a wide range of students, and helps you manage advertisements effectively.

4. Procurement:

Procurement software offers a more competent system for businesses to purchase and sell supplies. This includes sourcing suppliers, corresponding with them, and performing transactions through the internet.

5. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Accounting and Taxation:

As Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” As enterprise owners ourselves, we know that doing taxes can be the death of us. Accounting used to involve calculators and lengthy ledgers; but if you’re still doing that, it’s time to level up. An accounting software can help educators manage their books efficiently, which makes filing taxes a lot easier as well. 

What about ERP? ERP, or enterprise resource planning, is software that can handle multiple functions within an operation, such as product planning, development and manufacturing, warehouse management, financial management, sales and marketing etc – all in a single system. 

Since most enterprises have their own operating systems, ERPs are often customised to suit each business’s needs. 

6. Remote Working Solutions:

Since the announcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), citizens have grown used to the new normal of working from home. While challenging to adapt to at first, remote work has gradually become a regularity in our lives. A good number of AOne’s clients switched to online teaching during the MCO period, and many mentioned that it was a tough transition. For companies used to offline operations, having to pivot online in such a short time can be extremely difficult. Therefore, the government included remote working solutions, such as software that enables effective data exchange and communication between remote staff, in the SME Digitalisation Initiative to ease the process.

7. E-commerce:

Even before COVID-19 hit, e-commerce has taken the world by storm. Pioneers like Amazon and eBay have shown us how easily goods can be purchased with a few clicks of a button. With their success, other businesses have followed suit, whether it be clothing retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, even food services. Now, with stringent rules on social distancing, the ability to buy goods online has become an integral part of our lives. E-commerce digitalisation services allow SMEs to use technology to sell their products online, while providing them assistance in fulfilment, marketing, and other activities.

Photo Credits: BERNAMA

What are the companies affiliated with this grant?

You can browse through the list of approved vendors here: https://www.mybsn.com.my/formdownload?formDownloadId=2112

How do you know if you are eligible?

You can apply for this grant if:

  • At least 60% of your company is owned by Malaysians.
  • Your company is registered under the relevant laws of Malaysia, and is classified as a small or medium enterprise.
  • Your business has been in operation for at least 1 year.
  • If your company has been in operation for 1 year, you are required to have a minimum annual sales turnover of RM100,000 for the first year.
  • If your company has been in operation for 2 years or more, you are required to have a minimum annual sales turnover of RM50,000 for the preceding 2 consecutive years.

How can you apply for this grant?

For those of you who are eligible, you can go through the following steps to submit your application.

  • Appoint 1 to 3 approved vendor(s) to provide digitalisation services to your business.
  • Compile the following documents for submission:
    • Completed SME Digitalisation Initiative Application form (downloadable at https://www.mybsn.com.my/formdownload?formDownloadId=2111 )
    • Copy of Identity Card or Passport of Director(s) / Partner(s) / Proprietor(s), whichever is applicable
    • Copy of business registration licenses (CCM, Form A/B, Form 24 & 49 and M&A or any similar forms under the Companies Act 2016)
    • Audited financial statement for the last financial year and the latest management account (if any) or evidences of sales turnover (if any)
    • Company’s bank statement for the last 2 months
    • Company’s profile (if any)
    • Invoice/billing and service agreement from authorised vendor listed by MDEC
    • Any other information and documents as and when required by the bank
  • Submit the documents above to any of BSN’s (Bank Simpanan Nasional) branches. You can search for the nearest branch from you here: https://www.mybsn.com.my/location.xhtml?menuId=6
    • Keep in mind that only the SME is authorised to complete and submit the application documents. Appointment of any third party for collection and submission to the bank is not allowed.
  • Before applying for the grant, you will need to pay the price after deducting the subsidised amount from the grant to your service provider(s), and submit proof of payment to the bank.
  • When your application is approved, BSN will make a direct payment of 50% of the total invoice amount, or up to RM5,000, to your appointed service provider(s). Depending on the total invoice amount, this payment may be made in one lump sum or in stages, based on the bank’s discretion.

For more information about this initiative, visit https://www.mybsn.com.my/content.xhtml?contentId=1561

Digitalisation is a process that all businesses have to embrace in order to thrive. Here at AOne Schools, we strive to support you in your efforts to do so, by providing solutions and resources that can help you grow. If you are interested in finding out how we can assist you, please feel free to contact us or schedule a demo.

It’s time to leave the days of manual paperwork behind, and start using a more elegant system for your education business.

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COVID-19

5 TIPS UNTUK MEMBAIK PULIH BISNES PENDIDIKAN ANDA KETIKA PKPP

Untuk fasa keempat Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP), kerajaan Malaysia telah memilih untuk membaik pulih keadaan negara dengan menjana rangsangan ekonomi meskipun wabak COVID-19 masih lagi aktif di dalam negara kita. Oleh sebab itu, kerajaan telahpun memberi peluang terutamanya perniagaan-perniagaan termasuk dalam sektor pendidikan untuk beroperasi seperti sedia kala secara berperingkat dan harus mengikut prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang disediakan oleh kerajaan nanti.


Buat masa sekarang, hanya garis panduan untuk operasi pusat jagaan seperti Taska telah dikeluarkan oleh kerajaan yang boleh dirujuk di sini. Tambahan itu, sementara menunggu prosedur operasi yang lebih terperinci oleh kerajaan, lihat artikel kami yang lepas tentang 6 garis panduan tentang norma baharu bagi kelas luar talian (offline).


Baru-baru ini, Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin telahpun membuat pengumuman tentang pelancaran Pelan Pemulihan Ekonomi Jangka Pendek (PENJANA). Intipati yang dinyatakan di dalam pelan tersebut adalah seperti berikut:

  1. Subsidi Penjagaan Anak (sehingga RM5,000)

Pemberian subsidi ini oleh kerajaan adalah untuk mengurangkan perbelanjaan keluarga yang berkerjaya dan menghantar anak-anak mereka ke pusat asuhan. Subsidi ini termasuk pemberian eBaucar sebanyak RM800 untuk pengasuh mobil yang boleh digunakan sehingga akhir bulan Ogos 2020. Bukan itu sahaja, kenaikkan perlepasan cukai untuk ibubapa yang berkerjaya melalui perbelanjaan anak dari RM2,000 sehingga RM3,000 bagi tahunan 2020 dan 2021.

Selain itu, pusat asuhan juga akan mendapat prosedur operasi standard (SOP) kesihatan oleh kerajaan yang harus diikuti. Akan tetapi, inisiatif ini masih belum dijelaskan secara terperinci. Sila rujuk ke laman web http://ezi2care.jkm.gov.my/ untuk informasi yang terkini.

2. 50% Geran Digital untuk Pusat Pendidikan (sehingga RM5,000)

Salah satu inisiatif yang dibentangkan dalam Bajet 2020 yang lalu adalah pemberian geran digital kepada perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (SME) demi menjana proses pendigitalan dalam perniagaan dan inovasi. Dengan geran ini, syarikat yang layak akan mendapat 50% subsidi oleh kerajaan dengan jumlah maksimum RM5,000. Akan tetapi, geran ini sangatlah terhad.


Pengurus syarikat haruslah menaik tarafkan proses pendigitalan di dalam pengurusan syarikat terutama sekali untuk mengurangkan sentuhan sesama manusia terutamanya pada waktu pandemik COVID-19 sekarang.


Bagi pusat pendidikan pula, benda yang paling penting buat masa sekarang adalah untuk menggunakan sistem pengurusan secara digital. Ini adalah untuk memudahkan pengurusan operasi pusat tersebut dan pada masa yang sama dapat menjaga kesihatan antara satu sama lain. Oleh itu, dengan pengunaan sistem pengurusan AOneSchools, anda boleh mengeluarkan resit digital (e-receipt) yang akan dihantar secara automatik kepada ibubapa pelajar, dan pada masa yang sama pusat pendidikan dapat memantau kutipan bayaran yuran bulanan pelajar. Selain daripada itu, sistem ini juga dapat membantu para guru untuk melaporkan suhu badan pelajar di sekolah yang akan terus dinotifikasikan ke telefon ibubapa.


Di sini adalah langkah-langkah yang harus dilakukan untuk pembukaan semula pusat anda secara effisyen.

AOne telah dipilih sebagai salah satu vendor untuk geran pendigitalan perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (SME). Oleh demikian, pusat pendidikan yang layak boleh memohon untuk sistem pengurusan AOne dan pengimbas haba (thermal scanner) dengan separuh harga daripada harga asal! Anda boleh semak kelayakan anda di sini: http://aonepayschool.wasap.my

3. Pinjaman Perniagaan dengan Kadar Faedah yang Rendah

Selain daripada pinjaman-peinjaman yang telah dibincangkan di artikel yang lepas, berikut adalah pinjaman yang ditawarkan sekiranya anda perlukan bantuan dari segi kewangan untuk perniagaan pendidikan (education business) anda.

Tip utama: Pastikan perniagaan anda mempunya cashflow yang mencukupi untuk membayar pinjaman yang diambil.

Nama ProgramPinjamanKadar FaedahAgensi Terpilih
PENJANA SME Financing (PSF)  Sehingga RM500,0003.5%Bank Berkaitan
PENJANA Microfinancing  Sehingga RM50,0003.5%Tekun Nasional dan BSN
Bumiputera Relief FinancingRM 100,000 ke RM 1 juta  3.5%  (Moratorium sehingga 6 bulan selepas ‘disbursement’ )PUNB dan MARA
Info lanjut: www.hasil.gov.my

4. Pengecualian Cukai untuk Alat Skan Suhu (Thermal Scanner) dan Perbelanjaan Lain berkaitan COVID-19

Demi memastikan perniagaan yang ada di dalam negara mematuhi norma baharu serta mengikut SOP yang disediakan, kerajaan Malaysia telahpun memanjangkan tempoh dan meluaskan skop perbelanjaan yang berkait rapat dengan keselamatan orang ramai demi mencegah wabak COVID-19. Salah satu perbelanjaan tersebut adalah ujian kit COVID-19 dan Thermal Scanner.

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5. Program Subsidi Upah

Sebelum ini, telahpun dibentangkan untuk program ini, upah subsidi berjumlah RM1,200 akan dibayar kepada pekerja yang berkerja di bawah majikan yang memperoleh pendapatan RM4,000 dan ke bawah dalam jangka 3 bulan. Dan baru-baru ini, kerajaan telah mengeluarkan pengumuman di mana program subsidi upah ini akan dilanjutkan lagi 3 bulan mulai Jun sehingga September. Akan tetapi, kali ini jumlah subsidi untuk pekerja akan dikurangkan ke RM600 sahaja.


Tambahan itu, kerajaan juga akan memperkenalkan Program Insentif Pengambilan Pekerja di mana selama 6 bulan, syarikat-syarikat yang mempunyai penganggur berumur di bawah 40 tahun akan mendapat bantuan sebanyak RM800 sebulan bagi setiap pekerja. Manakala, RM1,000 pula akan diberi kepada pengaanggur yang berumur 40 tahun dan keatas dan golongan OKU.

Subsidi upah ini akan dikreditkan ke akaun bank majikan dalam masa 7 hingga 14 hari mulai dari tarikh kelulusan. Anda boleh membuat permohonon di prihatin.perkeso.gov.my

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关于MCO期间您的教育业务如何恢复的5个秘诀

在行动控制命令(MCO)的第四阶段,马来西亚政府将重点放在国家的经济复苏和经济刺激上,同时继续与COVID-19隐形的病毒进行斗争。话虽如此,现在包括教育部门在内的大多数企业都必须在遵守各自部门严格的SOP和指导原则的前提下缓慢开展业务。

在撰写本文时,仅发布了育儿中心(Taska)的操作指南,可在此处找到。在等待政府提供更详细的S.O.P时,请看一下我们之前在《离线课程新常态的6指南》中发表的文章

在我们总理的最新公告中,丹斯里·穆希丁·雅辛(Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin)宣布了政府《短期经济复苏计划》中的一系列措施。以下是一些可能使您受益的要点。

1.育儿补贴(高达RM5,000)

在这项新近实行的补贴下,政府正在补贴托儿费用以支持在职父母。首先,发放每户RM800的电子代金券,用于从现在起至2020年8月底可使用的流动托儿服务。其次,将父母对托儿服务费用的所得税减免额从2,000令吉提高至2020年3,000令吉和YA2021

此外,在妇女,家庭和社区发展部注册的儿童保育中心也将获得一笔高达5,000令吉的一次性补助金,以帮助他们遵守新的医疗保健SOP。在撰写本文时,仍缺乏有关这些计划执行的详细信息。通过官方网站随时更新: http://ezi2care.jkm.gov.my/

2. 50%的学习中心数字化补助金(高达RM5,000)

在2020年预算倡议中,引入了SME数字化赠款,以鼓励马来西亚的SME采取数字化和技术自动化措施。在这项补助金下,合资格的公司将获得总成本的50%补贴,最高为RM5,000。了解有关此有限赠款的更多信息。

尤其是在这个大流行时期,公司需要加快数字化进程以减少与人的接触。现在,数字化不再是一个选择,而是需要确保长期的业务连续性。

对于教育中心而言,最关键的数字化采用是管理系统,您可以在其中减少所有日常运营任务,同时继续保持安全。借助AOneSchools管理系统,您可以向父母发出电子收据,同时不断跟踪学生的学费支付情况。该系统的另一个功能还允许教师在学生上课之前更新他们的体温,并实时通知家长。

重新启动后,还有其他步骤可以使您更有效地管理中心。

AOne被指定为SME数字化赠款的供应商之一,这意味着合格的学习中心可以以一半的价格申请管理系统和热敏扫描仪!检查您是否符合条件:http://aonepayschool.wasap.my

3. 低利率商业贷款

除了上一篇文章中提到的所有贷款外,这里还列出了一些您可能要考虑以确保教育业务可持续性的可用贷款。

专家提示:只需确保您企业的每月现金流量可以偿还贷款即可。

计划名称贷款额利率牵头机构

Programme NameLoan SizeInterest RateLead Agencies
PENJANA SME Financing (PSF)  高达RM500,000 3.5%的相关银行
PENJANA Microfinancing  高达RM50,0003.5%Tekun Nasional 和 BSN
土著救济金100,000令吉
100万令吉
3.5%
(从付款中最多可暂停6个月)
PUNB 和 MARA
有关更多信息,请访问 www.hasil.gov.my

4. 热扫描仪和COVID-19相关费用的税收减免

为了鼓励企业适应新规范并遵守严格的SOP,政府延长了期限并扩大了为防止COVID-19进行税收抵免或资本津贴而允许的支出范围,包括COVID-19测试和购买PPE或热扫描仪。

12岁以下的儿童被感染的风险更高!

在学生上课之前扫描他们的体温!
立即为您的学习中心获取自动热扫描仪!

5. 工资补贴计划

此前,该计划已宣布,该计划将向每位年薪4,000令吉及以下的本地雇员支付1,200令吉的工资补贴,雇主的补贴期仅为3个月。在最近的公告中,总理将该补贴计划又延长了3个月,直到9月底。但是这次,合格的雇主将只获得每名雇员每月600令吉的工资补贴。
除此之外,政府还推出了“员工招聘激励计划”,雇用雇用40岁以下失业者的公司将在6个月内每月每名工人获得RM800。 对于雇用40岁及以上的公司以及残疾人士,公司将获得RM1,000。
工资补贴将在批准之日起7到14天内记入雇主帐户。prihatin.perkeso.gov.my 您可以通过 在线申请。

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COVID-19

5 TIPS ON HOW YOUR EDUCATION BUSINESS CAN RECOVER DURING RMCO

In the fourth stage of Movement Control Order (MCO), the Malaysian Government is focusing on the recovery and economic stimulus of the country while continuing to battle the invisible war that is COVID-19. Having that said, most businesses including the education sector are now slowly allowed to operate with condition that they adhere to the strict SOP and guidelines provided by the respective ministries.

At the point of writing, only the guidelines for the operations of Childcare centres (Taska) have been published and this can be found here.  While waiting for the more detailed S.O.P from the Government, have a look on an article we previously published on 6 Guidelines for the New Normal of Offline Classes

In the latest announcement by our Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled a host of measures in the government’s Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan. Here are some of the points that may benefit you.

  1. Child Care Subsidy (up to RM5,000)

Under this newly introduced subsidy, the Government is subsiding childcare expenses to support working parents. Firstly, disbursement of e-vouchers of RM800 per household for mobile childcare services that can be used from now until end of August 2020. Secondly, increase in income tax relief for parents on childcare services expenses from RM2,000 to RM3,000 for YA2020 and YA2021.

Furthermore, childcare centres that are registered with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development will also receive a one-off grant of up to RM5,000 to help them comply with the new healthcare SOPs. At the point of writing, details on the execution of these initiatives are still scarce. Keep updated with the official website at: http://ezi2care.jkm.gov.my/

2. 50% Digitalization Grant for Learning Centres (up to RM5,000)

In the Budget 2020 Initiative, the SME Digitalization Grant was introduced to encourage SMEs in Malaysia to adopt measures of digitalization and technological automation. Under this Grant, eligible companies will receive 50% subsidy of the total cost up to RM5,000. Get to know more about this limited grant.

Especially during this pandemic period, companies need to speed up their digitalisation process in reducing human contact. Digitalisation is now not a choice anymore but a need to ensure continuity of businesses for a long period.

For an education centre, the most crucial digitalization adoption is a management system where you can reduce all your daily operational tasks while continue keeping safe. With AOneSchools Management System, you can issue e-receipt to parents while constantly keeping track of student fee payment. Another feature of this system also allows the teachers to update students’ temperature before they enter class, and this is notified to parents in real-time.

Here are other steps on how you can manage your centre more efficiently after reopening.

AOne was appointed as one of the vendor under the SME Digitalization Grant and this means that eligible learning centres can apply for the management system and thermal scanner at only half the price! Check if you are eligible:  http://aonepayschool.wasap.my

3. Business Loans with Low Interest Rates

In addition to all the loans mentioned in the previous article, here is a list of available loans that you may want to consider ensuring the sustainability of your education business.

Pro-tip: just make sure that your business’ monthly cashflow can cover the repayment of the loan.

Programme NameLoan SizeInterest RateLead Agencies
PENJANA SME Financing (PSF)  Up to RM500,0003.5%Respective Banks
PENJANA Microfinancing  Up to RM50,0003.5%Tekun Nasional and BSN
Bumiputera Relief FinancingRM 100,000 to RM 1 million  3.5%  (Moratorium of up to 6 months from disbursement)PUNB and MARA
More info at www.hasil.gov.my

4. Tax Relief on Thermal Scanners and COVID-19 Related Expenses

In order to encourage businesses to adapt to new norms and adhere to strict SOPs, the Government has extended the period and expanded the scope of expenses allowed as tax deduction or capital allowance for COVID-19’s prevention including COVID-19 Testing and the Purchase of PPE or thermal scanners.

CHILDREN BELOW 12 YEARS ARE OF HIGHER RISK IN GETTING INFECTED!

Scan your students’ temperature before they enter class! Get an automatic Thermal Scanner for your learning centre today!

5. Wage Subsidy Programme

Previously, it was announced that through the programme, wage subsidies of RM1,200 are paid to employers for each local employee earning RM4,000* and below for a period of 3 months only. In the most recent announcement, the PM has extended this subsidy programme for another 3 months until the end of September. However this time, eligible employers will only receive wage subsidies of RM600 per month per employee

In addition to this, the Government has also introduced the Employee Recruitment Incentive Programme whereby companies that hire the unemployed group aged below 40 will receive RM800 per month per worker for a period of 6 months. For companies that hire aged 40 and above as well as disabled persons, the companies will receive RM1,000.

The wage subsidy will be credited to the employer’s account within 7 to 14 days of the date of approval. You may make the application online at prihatin.perkeso.gov.my

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COVID-19 Malaysia

6 Guidelines: Tuition, Daycare & Any Learning Centres Need For The ‘New Normal’ of Offline Classes

Malaysia Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced that almost all economic sectors and business activities can resume operations under a conditional MCO (Movement Control Order), starting 4 May 2020. Many of us are wondering if we can resume our centre operations. With some of the guidelines like keeping our business premise less than 10 people, perhaps we can start running our learning centres once again while ensuring safety as the number one priority.

However, we also have to take into consideration on the safety of our students, teachers and ourselves if we decide to operate our learning centres in this uncertain times. We also need to spend sometime to prepare our centres following the latest SOP rolled out by the Government. Has your centre been disinfected? There are a number of parties mentioning that childcare centres are not expected to open for about another month as operators have to undertake a series of stringent precautionary measures before they can resume operation.

We will resume the operation of our learning centres sooner or later. However, we should start preparing and be ready right now. Here are some suggested guidelines that the AOne team has prepared for you!

(1) Body Temperature Scanning for Everyone

Make it compulsory to measure body temperature of all students, teachers, parents, business owners and anyone who comes to your centre. Looking for a non-contact infrared thermometer? Do let us know by filling the form at the end of article if you need one!

(2) Regular Usage of Hand Sanitiser

You should provide hand sanitiser for students or anyone before they come in the centre. Place it at the counter and classrooms wherever that is convenient for everyone to use. As a good practice, you should always sanitise the tables and chairs after each class.

(3) Use of Face Masks

Make it compulsory for students and teachers to wear masks. As a business owner, we too should be setting an example for them. Prepare more masks for standby in case some students do not bring maks when they come for classes.

As #AOneJagaCentre, if you need any help in sourcing the necessary items and services, do fill up the form below and we will see how can we help:

(4) Seating Arrangement 1 Meter Apart

You may arrange one table for one student with at least 1 meter between students. Minimise the contact between students, and maintain the size of class to a maximum of 4-6 students .(*depending on the size of your classroom.)

(5) Social Distancing

We know it’s hard to keep “social distancing” among those naughty students, but you can do it by marking some lines and “personal space” allowed for each student. Give the awareness to the students on the importance of social distancing. Meanwhile, educate all teachers within your centre to follow the social distancing even outside of centres. Encourage “take away” food rather than dine-in. Minimise the contacts with other people and stay at home when there is no urgent errands to run.

(6) No Waiting for Parents In The Centre

You may need to add a new policy that states that non-students are not allowed to be waiting in the centre to minimise the risk of infection. Parents, drivers, maids etc should pick up and drop off students only. Encourage parents to come and pick up right away after the class. Discourage students to wait in the centre.

For payment related matters, you may encourage online banking (paperless + contactless) OR implement in-app payment using AOneSchools mobile apps for Parents. We will implement auto-billing for lesson fee collection in May 2020.

WHY should you go for e-receipts and in-app payment now?

  • Parents, students, teachers, admin and business owners can avoid touching paper receipts, cash
  • Automated and easier way of collecting and tracking of lesson fees
  • Cashless and contactless payment
  • Reduced contact between parents and staff

The government has announced the SME Digitalisation Grant (up to RM 5,000) for all learning or education centres to adopt any digitalization measures. No matter if you are running a tuition centre, kindergarten, dance school, swimming school, music school or any kind of learning centre, you will be eligible for the claim!

You may fill in the form below if you wish to know more about the grant

SME Digitilization grant - AOneSchools

Do comment below if you have any suggestion or practice that may share to us. Stay safe everyone!

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Events

KIROTECH ROBOTICS & STEM EDUCATION CENTRE

Registration Form at the bottom of the page!

About Us

  • KIROTECH Robotics & STEM Education Centre is an institution established in 2014 by a group of educationist & industrial specialist to provide exposure to the concept of innovation through educational technology.
  • KIROTECH fully owned by Kiroboot Technology Sdn. Bhd.
  • We have joint experience of 16 years experience in conducting Robotics & Coding Education from preschool to university.
  • KIROTECH specialized in Robotics, Coding, Arduino, Drone, App/Game Development courses for kids from age 6 years old – 17 years old.
  • KIROTECH conduct special trainings for school teachers to familiarize the concept of Robotics & Coding in schools.
  • Since year 2014, more than 24,000 students, parents and teachers have attended KIROTECH programs nationwide.
  • KIROTECH is an affiliated partner and approved STEM Education training provider of Ministry of Education, myRIS University Malaysia Sabah, #mydigitalmaker, Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC) and Pertubuhan Intelektual Dan Inovasi Malaysia.

KIROTECH Robotics & Coding Programs Nationwide



NATIONAL SCRATCH COMPETITION (NSC) 2020

Introduction

  • KIROTECH Robotics & STEM Education Centre, Pertubuhan Intelektual Dan Inovasi Malaysia and Alumni Parlimen Belia Malaysia, in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, myRIS University Malaysia Sabah, and #mydigitalmaker, Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC) will be organizing 2020 National SCRATCH Competition.
  • This competition is open for all Primary & Secondary school students and Youths (18years – 25years) in Malaysia.
  • The objective of this competition is to spur students and youth interest in field of coding and STEM in line with the growth of Industrial Revolution 4 (IR 4.0). We also believe through coding students and youths can enhance their problem solving skill.

Why SCRATCH Coding?

  • Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for beginners across age to understand and be able to work with an understanding the technology around them. SCRATCH is a perfect tool to teach beginners coding. Through SCRATCH we can create animated stories, games and etc.

National SCRATCH Competition (NSC) Guidelines

We strongly advice participants to read and understand the guidelines which contain Rules & Regulations of competition before register.

–> Download NSC 2020 Guidelines and Rules and Regulations here.

National SCRATCH Competition (NSC) Deadlines

–> Registration Deadline: 7th July 2020
–> Project & Presentation Video Submission Deadline: 7th August 2020





NATIONAL SCRATCH COMPETITION (NSC) 2020 Registration Form

COMPETITION THEME: DEFEATING COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

All NSC projects should emailed to kirotechnsc@gmail.com . We strongly advice participants to read and understand the Rules & Regulations of competition before register.

For Further Inquiries, kindly contact 012 9427895 – KIROTECH Management

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COVID-19

Seizing the Opportunity in times of Crisis

Dr Darren Gouk; Founder of AOne during an interview.
Dr Darren Gouk; Founder of AOne during an interview

The future benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic could outweigh its present risk, especially for small and medium enterprises tapping into the digital space, says Dr Darren Gouk, founder and CEO of My AOne Learning Sdn Bhd (AOne). 

AOne, an education technology (Edu-Tech) company that provides a cloud-based management system to learning centres and runs an online marketplace that links lesson providers to students, has experienced a fall in its revenues since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) this March. However, things are still looking up for the company because of the sudden interest in online classes.

As the Chinese adage goes; for every crisis, there is an opportunity. And over the long term, the potential market that arises from this Covid-19 pandemic could be huge. 

Within the first few days after the announcement of MCO, Gouk hosted an online session that was joined by 160 learning centres across South-East Asia namely, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia for industry players to learn from and support each other. “The idea behind the session was for all learning centre operators to share how they can continue to provide lessons to these students moving forward,” he says.

Online Sharing Session with 160 learning centre operators across South East Asia
Online Sharing Session with 160 learning centre operators across South East Asia

By carrying out such initiative, Gouk hopes to create stronger brand awareness in the region in addition to continue serving their current clients. “We are trying to help our clients so they will remember us. We want them to continue to engage us, or even recommend us to other players in the market during this MCO and after,” says Gouk. 

It was also from this sharing session that it became clear that all learning centres had to shift from providing offline classes to online classes. This was the only way for them to continue generating cash flow in order for their businesses to survive. Because of this, AOne has received an influx of requests for a platform for online learning.

Most of these centre use Zoom, a video conferencing software, for their online classes but the recent security issues faced have sent them scurrying to look for alternatives. Furthermore, for centres who are using the free version of Zoom, each session is only limited to 40 minutes. This becomes a hassle for users who need to keep joining a new session after the 40 minutes is up.

Taking these into considerations, AOne teamed up with another Edu-Tech partner from Singapore to launch its online learning platform. This platform, that offers an interactive whiteboard, comes with better security features and has no time limit. Given the current situation, this online platform is offered for free to all existing customers. “During this period of crisis, we are trying to help our customers who are in the same boat as us. We do our best in giving back as much as we can,” says Gouk.

AOneSchool’s Online Classroom

AOne’s online learning platform was introduced to clients only two weeks ago but the response has been encouraging. “In 14 days, there were about 600 classes conducted using our software. Some 180 teachers signed up to use it,” says Gouk.

Before this, digitalization in the educator sector was always seen as an “add-on” or an alternative. However, because of this crisis, the awareness of importance of going digital has increased significantly. Gouk believes that learning centres will continue to adopt digitalization measures such as carrying out e-Learning even after the MCO is lifted.

The education landscape in South-East Asia will definitely see a drastic change at the end of this pandemic. More and more learning centres will adopt e-Learning and other digitalization measures in their businesses. While Covid-19 poses as a short-term risk, the opportunity it offers moving forward will be huge in proportion.

The original article first appeared in The Edge Markets on 21st April 2020 . https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/elearning-opportunity-crisis

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E-learning

居家上学,家长怎么办 ?

这年头疫情肆虐。什么停课不停学,什么在线学习,以前根本就没这回事,现在的家长都不容易。除了面对现实的窘境,还要陪着孩子们一起学习新事物,一起上课,谈何容易?更别说当个面面俱到的好家长,简直就是难上加难。

记得以前有个家长问我,我家小孩怎么变得不爱说话了,天天邹着眉头,上课就是提不起劲。经过几番了解后才知道,原来只是小朋友是比赛迫近,而感到焦虑罢了。

可是,如今的挑战大不相同。

我们都想给予孩子最好的教育。尤其是这时期,身为父母的我们或多或少会顾虑到:

孩子作息不规律,时间分配不合理

孩子自身不够自觉

孩子上课时专注力不集中

孩子做作业拖拉,效率不高

孩子和其他孩子相比,这段时间学习落后了

孩子学习的习惯不好,总是受到电子产品干扰

等等之类的成长性问题。针对这类问题,我建议家长必须设立一个合理的心里预期,降低对孩子的学习要求,把焦点放在陪伴学习上,再把其他问题统一到这个大目标下解决。

我们家长可以做些什么?

我们必须调整角色

居家上学,我们身兼二职,除了是孩子的父母,也是老师。我教书时,经常收到很多家长的疑问说,为什么我的孩子非常乐意听老师的道理,却不愿听我说教,反而还顶撞我?只能说,每个小孩的角色结界特清楚,虽然他不喜欢你说教,但你的一举一动,言行举止对他影响甚远。所以,你可以塑立好榜样并且言传身教的影响他。

上课前,可以来个小小仪式感,去激发学习动力

我们可以让孩子把房间当成课堂,电脑当成老师,让他们穿着整齐,背着书包,进去课堂上课了!只有在午休和放学时间,把孩子接出来,这样他才有课堂的感觉。

我们还可以成为孩子独特学习经历的创造者

除了着重于课业,我们可以把学习内容和日常生活联系起来,陪同孩子画画,设计玩具,并在作品上标上他的名字,代表他的专利发明,让学习变得更有趣。

此外,孩子们还需要面对一些适应性的问题,例如:

我们或家里陪同的老人,搞不定上网问题

长时间缺少户外运动时间,久而久之视力受损

隔着屏幕,老师对孩子的关注度降低

孩子一个人闷在家里,同学间缺少交往

我们家长可以做些什么?

其实,我们不妨把这“挑战”交给孩子,不必事事代劳。反而稍微示弱,听听孩子的想法。说不定,还可以增进彼此的沟通,促进大家的信任。

另外,与其怕电子产品会伤害孩子视力,而限制孩子使用电子产品。倒不如和孩子一起分析潜在的问题,再一起评估,最后选一个双方都认可的方案来执行。

家长们!我们一起加油吧!

希望我觉得不错的方法,也可以惠及大家。这段时间,有什么和孩子相处的有意思的故事或者好办法,也欢迎在留言区和我们一起分享。

Keep Fighting!!!

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COVID-19

5 TIPS on How Learning Centres can get through a Crisis like COVID-19?

Malaysia’s Prime Minister had announced the prolonged Movement Controlled Order (MCO) for another 14 days until 14 April. At the same time, Singapore has announced additional measures to curb COVID-19 that is to ban all large gatherings and suspending all centre-based tuition and enrichment classes until 30 April. Given that having face-to-face classes is the livelihood for most of us, we definitely feel a great negative impact to our business.

Hence, a support session participated by 160+ learning centre operators across Malaysia, Singapore, Macau and Jakarta, was organised via Zoom and moderated by Dr Darren Gouk; founder of AOneSchools – learning centre software providers in Southeast Asia. The meeting focused on 5 key areas:

 

NO 1 – Online teaching and e-Learning

 

All centre operators agreed that there is a need to shift from offline to online teaching and learning. There are already many existing online platforms that provides content for students to learn from. As a result, parents may freeze or withdraw their children from your centre and substitute the classes with an online provider. Hence, in this situation, we should pivot fast and switch to online as soon as possible. Focus on those parents who are ready to engage in online learning and maximise our effort there.

From the discussion, several notable platforms that can facilitate e-learning were mentioned – Google Classroom, Zoom, Skype, AOneSchools Online Classroom. While content providers mentioned were iLearnAce, Udemy, SmartJen and 学而思. Please note that not all brands mentioned are free of charge to use while some might only incur a fee for a more premium package. AOneSchools is not in any way affiliated to the brands above besides our own AOneSchools Online Classroom.

   

In general, the adoption rate (parents who agreed to online learning) is about 60% to 85% depending on the type of lessons that is provided. It is worth noting that not all parents will agree with the idea of online learning. Experience sharing from several centre operators reveal that common friction faced are parents are not as keen to allow their younger children to use a laptop or tablet to learn and they do not believe that e-learning will as effective as offline lessons.

To tackle these issues, you need to address the initial aim of parents sending their children for lessons in the first place – that is to learn and improve on a certain subject or skill. If their children’s learning curve is suddenly disrupted, they might not be able to catch up in the future. Highlight to them the importance of continuing their education even in such difficult time. Besides that, you may suggest parents to sit with their younger children and assist them in the first few online classes and see whether they are able to cope with it. A typical big classroom setting can also be split into smaller groups with shorter sessions.

Online learning can be used beyond the typical classroom arrangement. Several music centre owners have conducted various classes through Zoom. For example, a Piano lesson provider uploads pre-recorded videos to Youtube for music instrument teaching. Students are required to watch these videos before their online class for a more engaging class. Parents are loving this initiative as they get to see first-hand what their children have been learning all this time.

 

 

Once centre operators are aware and ready to take their lessons online, there are many pre-cautions, SOP, steps to be taken care of. You may find more in depth in our separate posts – ARE YOU READY for Online Teaching? – Guideline for Learning Centre Owners

 

 “The Education Market is always there. Parents and students will still be spending in education but in different ways. We have to be agile and quick to change our model to cater their needs!”

 

NO 2 – Communication & Engagement with parents/students and teacher

   

Over-communication is always better than under-communication. As centre owner-operators, it is your responsibility to constantly engage with all stakeholder of your business i.e parents / students, teachers, franchisees, licensees etc. While you might be worried on the financial aspect of the business, parents are as worried for their children’s learning progress and teachers are worried about the future of their job and income.

When coming up with a plan for this period, whether is to have replacement classes or shift to online classes, you must include your staff members in this plan. This is because they will be the frontliners to execute whatever that is planned out and they understand better on the possible challenges that will occur. This also gives the opportunity for a transparent discussion and a clear direction for everyone in the organization to follow.

For the parents’ side, always address the situation as it is. Do not be vague by telling them everything will be fine but rather mention specifically your interim solution and how it will be carried out. Learning centres must be well prepared to inform parents even before any further announcements from the Government i.e. the Prolonged MCO until 14th April. It certainly makes a huge difference if a centre operator informs their students and parents on their interim arrangement (e.g online class, pro-rate fees, replacement class) immediately after the government’s announcement versus another centre operator that only notify parents on their centre’s arrangement five days after the announcement. The same theory applies to communication with teachers and other stakeholders, ie. Franchisees, licensees as well.

 

3. What should I do to maximise lockdown period?

   

This is the best time to promote your centre on social media. This is because everyone is scrolling through their Facebook and Instagram at home. Continue to engage with your current clients (parents) and use this opportunity to promote your centre and attract past leads and contacts. For example, some centre owners organised Facebook Live sessions to showcase their unique selling points such as how they teach their students. This is a great tool to use as parents can easily share this to their friends and family members to watch together. Not only would this further engage your current students for more stickiness towards your business, but at the same time it will also attract new students to your learning centre.

In addition to this, constantly post on your Facebook page and Instagram, whether it is sharing a funny joke or posting questions. By doing so, this sub-consciously reminds parents why they signed up for your lessons in the first place and will continue to join your centre after the lockdown period. For fitness related classes or music school operators, most commonly seen strategies are utilising hashtags (#) on Instagram and Tik-Tok to build the engagement. A simple search will show that they are many videos on these platforms from “workout from home” to “learn to play a song in 14 days”.

On the backend of the business, take this time to clear all documents and review aspects of the business that you previously did not have the time for. For example, prepare a cash-flow analysis and business performance review for the first quarter of 2020. Compare it with your targeted achievement and locate areas of the business that can be improved. Get to know the following metrics:

  • % of student withdrawal on a monthly basis
  • Student enrolment channels
  • % spending on salary
  • Life-time value of your students
  • Which programme (lesson) performs the best
  • Which teacher generates more revenue

At the same time, you may also consider to enhance your lessons plans by including more teaching tools or utilizing various platforms for a higher productive class.

As a software provider to learning centres, we observed that centre operators are taking this opportunity during this MCO period to perform data entry to the system. Similarly, new users are going through our on-boarding process where they are guided to use their system. This includes all of their team members on systemising the centre operation using our solution. By the end of this period, they will be able to restart their business stronger with more organised and automated operations.

 

4. Government incentives and opportunities for SMEs (in Malaysia only)

   

On 24th March 2020, Bank Negara Malaysia announced an automatic six-months moratorium for all loans including business loans, property mortgages and hire purchase. This gives a better cash-flow arrangement for all business owners. At the same time, if you are renting the location of your centre, you may negotiate the rental fees with the landlord. Some owners shared that their landlords were understanding enough to give 50% off their monthly rent. Click here for more info.

Bank Negara Malaysia has also allocated RM2 billion to alleviate the short-term cash flow problems. Eligible SME owners may apply for financing with a capped rate of 3.75% p.a with a tenure of up to 5.5 years. Applications are available for major banks in Malaysia. Click here for more info.

Under the 2020 Budget, the government; through Ministry of Finance (MOF) collaborated with Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), SME Bank, and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in setting up a grant for eligible Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt digitalisation in daily operations.

Launched in mid-February, this is a 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 per company for the subscription of any digital solution such as a management system, accounting software and HR payroll solutions. This matching grant will be worth RM500 million over 5 years, limited to the first 100,000 application. Click here for more info.

   

AOneSchools has been selected as one of the Technology Solution Providers (TSP) under this initiative. Any learning centres such as tuition centres, enrichment classes providers, kindergartens, daycare centres, swim schools, music schools that meet the eligibility criteria will receive 50% subsidy (up to RM5,000 when adopting our management system.

 

5. PLAN B – What should I do if further lockdown for 3 months?

   

“Plan for the worst, do our best” was the tagline of the discussion. At this rate, no one can predict if the lockdown period will continue and if the COVID-19 situation will worsen. Hence, the only thing we can do is to plan for the worst and do our best throughout this entire period.

Firstly, you need to face the reality and estimate how long your business can sustain with zero revenue. By getting that aspect done, proceed to plan for your cash-flow management. List down all fixed cost, variable cost and operational cost. For example, loan repayment, rental fees, salaries, utility bills, printing cost, office supplies, royalty payment to HQ. Locate which cost can be lowered and what can be done to cut expenses.

Secondly, in terms of running the business, many centre owners asked how they can manage their business from home. At this crucial period, it is suggested that you include automation in any of your work procedure. This includes automated fee collection (auto-billing, in-app payment), cashless fee collection, replacement class arrangement, e-attendance and e-progress reports. By doing so, you can always be on-the-go and still manage your business while reducing your operational cost. By using AOneSchools, centre operators can basically manage the centre operations from home!

 
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Finally, continue to offer e-Learning to your students. While you might experience some resistance from parents, having some students is clearly better than having no students at all. In the long run if this continues, parents will not have the luxury of choosing not to join online classes as this will be the only option for education. The education industry will continue to survive as the market is always there. It is just how agile we can be to change our business model and adapt to current time.

“We can’t change the situation, but we can change our mindset in dealing with the situation positively.”

Dr Darren Gouk, Founder of AOneSchools