PdPR enhanced

THE improved home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) manual takes into account views of all quarters.

The recently issued “Teaching and Learning at Home Manual Version 2” (PdPR 2.0) and “Teaching and Learning at Home Timetable Implementation Guide” addresses the shortcomings, such as inconsistent timetables, of the manual released in October last year, said Education director-general Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim.

Known as the PdPR 2.0, the manual aims to standardise the duration of PdPr due to inconsistent patterns of implementation among schools.

“In a survey we conducted, the PdPR ranged between half-an-hour to four hours a day. So this raised questions over how the curriculum will be completed if the hours taught in a day is too little. Parents on the other hand, complained that their children’s homework was too much and that the approach used was not suitable for students as not all of them have access to digital devices.

“We took all these into consideration and in PdPR 2.0, teachers and students are given the option of conducting teaching and learning (PdP) either online, offline or on the ministry’s Digital Educational Learning Initiative Malaysia (DELIMa) platform,” she said in a televised interview on Monday.

The national curriculum is flexible, allowing teachers to conduct PdP which are suitable for their students, she added. Being too prescriptive in methods, she said, would not work as each school differs from the other.

“Students’ backgrounds and needs are different. Therefore, PdPR 2.0 consists of suggestions of timetables to guide schools and teachers on how to arrange their PdP sessions.We do not want any student to be left behind,” she explained. – By SANDHYA MENON

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