STUDENTS have until today to apply for exemption from remove classes for the 2021 academic year.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said as of Jan 18, the ministry has received 5,092 applications from Chinese and Tamil school pupils.
Of this, 2,829 applications have been approved, he said before joining the first EZ Learning Web session for remove class students on Jan 25.
The ministry, said Mah, created the special week-long series of educational videos specifically for remove class students.
“This special YouTube series features teachers teaching and sharing their experiences and tips to help students pass the exam that would exempt them from remove classes, ” he said.
EZ Learning Web is an online initiative providing free lessons that was launched by Mah to facilitate the teaching and learning process in the new norm. For details, visit the EZ Learning Web Facebook page.
Separately, Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (pic) said the ministry is looking to enhance TV Pendidikan to help students keep up with home-based teaching and learning (PdPR).
“We appreciate the views and input from all quarters.
“We realise that this is not sufficient considering the current needs (but) we are committed to doing our very best.
“We will improve TV Pendidikan by employing the most suitable approach, ” he posted on social media on Jan 23.
TV Pendidikan, which debuted in 1972, was accessible online via EduwebTV on March 1,2008.
From Jan 1,2009, TV Pendidikan was no longer aired on television (but) the programme was revived on April 6 last year following the implementation of the first movement control order on March 18.
“The programme returned to television to assist students who did not have access to the Internet or suitable devices for PdPR, ” said Radzi.
TV Pendidikan is currently broadcasting 11 hours daily over several television stations.
New slots were recently added to help SPM 2020 candidates prepare for the exams starting Feb 22. For details on the TV Pendidikan, visit moe.gov.my.
Radzi, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, stressed that PdPR is not limited to online platforms.
Teachers are given the flexibility of adopting the most suitable PdPR for their students.
Some offline methods teachers use include providing exercises to students who will then return the completed modules to their teachers for marking, he said.
“These learning modules are handed out to students using various approaches.
“Some schools use the drive-through method. Many teachers also send modules to students’ homes.
“Teachers from SMK Pulau Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, even boarded boats to send materials to their students, ” he said.
He also commended teachers for their determination in imparting knowledge onto their charges and
thanked parents for their support and encouragement toward the teachers.