Mat Hasan: Do not let up on digital learning

SEREMBAN: The Education Ministry should allow the teaching and learning process for students to continue virtually rather than reopen schools gradually from March 1, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).

The Umno deputy president said instead of reopening schools, the ministry should look at ways to strengthen digital learning and teaching while the country was recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry’s decision to reopen schools, he said, also sends a confusing signal on its digital education direction.

“The decision to open and close schools in this flip-flop manner should be stopped.

“It is very inconvenient for students, parents and teachers.

“Most parents have gone to great lengths to purchase digital devices for online learning and virtual learning should continue for the time being,” he said.

The government, he said, has also just launched DidikTV for the purpose of learning from home.

Mohamad said the ministry should look at all possibilities, including the government’s ability to deal with the impact of the pandemic before deciding to reopen schools.

On Friday (Feb 19), Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said those in preschool, Year One and Year Two would resume face-to-face classes on March 1 while Year Three to Year Six would return on March 8.

Secondary schools, students in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu would start on April 4 and in other states on April 5.

He said the decision on the dates was reached after presenting the ministry’s proposal to the National Security Council.