Sabah Education director Dr Mistirine Radin said the closure of schools due to the MCO, whereby the teaching and learning process was being carried out from home, required teachers to embrace an approach that was more creative, innovative and proactive.
She said based on daily reports sent via a messaging app by a group comprising teachers in Sabah, it was found that the learning materials they used were able to show off the students’ talent and creativity.
Describing it as a positive development, she said it prompted the State Education Department to organise an online competition to encourage more students to participate in the activities.
“This initiative is to boost the students’ self-development as well as to encourage them to be more active, creative and innovative, as well as to be socially health, even during the MCO period,” she said when contacted.
Mistirine said the contest would include improving the students’ command in Bahasa Malaysia and English language through singing and poetry recitals, in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); as well as designing graphic posters for an anti-drug campaign.
She said the students were given a month, from April 20, to submit their entries online for the competition via https://bit.ly/e-BAKAT2020 or (for those with no Internet access) to send in the form of a recording to the Sabah JPN by May 20.
All participants will be issued with a certificate, she added.
Mistirine said students were also encouraged to participate in project-based learning activities for other curricula such as sports and uniformed units.
“Apart from focusing on the academic ability, the teachers in Sabah also strive to highlight the co-curriculum aspect as both elements are important to produce students who are balanced and holistic,” she added. — Bernama
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