NATIONAL Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Kamarozaman Abd Razak said the tablets for teachers will transform the method of teaching.
“It will change the way teachers present knowledge, and will be more stimulating for the students,” he said.
He said there has been talk that the ministry might convert textbooks to digital, so teachers would be able to upload them onto the tablets.
“No dates have been announced, but I predict this will take place next year,” he said.
On the subject of quarantine leave, Kamarozaman said this would not affect students’ learning and curriculum.
“This won’t pose a problem as all schools have standard operating procedures that enable them to replace a teacher who goes on leave, given the teacher informs the school at least three days in advance,” he said.
Former Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Council president Datuk Dr Chiam Heng Keng said it would be better if the Government could subsidise the fee of quality preschools and childcare centres rather than provide the tax relief.
“This would allow parents to send their children to quality preschools.
“Kindergarten fees can cost anywhere between RM300 and RM1,000 so the tax relief is not much. This might cause parents to send their children to cheaper centres, which are usually of lower quality because the carers get lower wages,” she said.
“Fees should be based on a family’s income where poorer families pay cheaper fees,” she said.
Dr Chiam added that many preschools and childcare centres feed children food that have little to no nutritional value.
“They serve plain noodles and fried rice that have little or no vegetables and meat. All that the children are eating are carbohydrates,” she said.