Senior educationists from the country’s largest teacher union body, representing more than 230,000 teachers, agree that content creation is important. However, more support and time are needed for educators to master the art of teaching through the Internet.
“While teachers are required to be innovative and creative, their contributions have often gone unnoticed by many, especially the administrators of the education system.
These teachers must be given assistance – training in all aspects like puppetry, movie making and use of mobile apps.
Preparing good lesson plans requires time and costs. Teachers must be given the leeway to carry out this process in a way they see fit.
Teachers must be relieved of all non-teaching-related work so that they can concentrate on doing what they do best – educating children whether it is online or offline.
Those who are successful at online teaching have mastered the art of entertaining while educating. Those who are still trying to adapt to online learning must be given help in polishing their skills.
The Education Ministry should look into this and let the younger generation of officers helm the effort to enhance our teachers’ ability to perfect their online teaching skills."
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan
It’s not surprising that teachers have taken to producing their own content.
Teachers are generally very creative people as they have learnt a lot from their own children and their students.
Many of these children have access to the latest gadgets. Children learn a lot outside of the classroom through reading and talking to their friends.
In a way, students have helped their teachers learn by asking many questions and prompting the teachers to try out new teaching methods.
We must understand that today, unless the teachers are innovative, creative and can understand the needs of the students, they would not be able to keep them interested in learning."
Educationist and former NUTP secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam