PETALING JAYA: The government is bringing all-day educational television to the masses to help students with no access to online home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said that the government understands that online PdPR could not reach every one of Malaysia’s 5,000,000 school students due to the lack of adequate devices and Internet access.
“In this case, the Education Ministry always emphasises that whatever teaching and learning method used must be suitable for teachers and students, ” he said when launching DidikTV KPM on Wednesday (Feb 17).
Muhyiddin said that this is the first time such a channel is being created, adding that there will be 17 hours of educational content aired daily on DidikTV KPM.
The programmes are broadcast from 7am until midnight every day.
Muhyiddin said this is among the Education Ministry’s efforts to increase access to quality content for all students in Malaysia.
“I believe that DidikTV KPM will help students with their PdPR, especially those who do not have access to online PdPR, ” he added.
He said that the content is based on the Education Ministry’s curriculum and co-curriculum.
“This channel will also broadcast news about the world of education from preschool until Form Six and edutainment, ” he said, adding that there will also be lifelong learning programmes that emphasise character development and instilling moral values.
Muhyiddin also said that the success of the channel will depend on cooperation among all stakeholders especially students, teachers and parents.
Separately, Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the ministry decided to create a dedicated television channel with educational content based on the positive feedback of their Road To SPM 2020 programme, which is catered for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 candidates to prepare for their exams beginning next week.
Based on available data, about 95% of Malaysian households have a television set, making this a suitable medium to deliver PdPR, he said in an interview with TV3.
Previously, the ministry aired TV Pendidikan content on TV Okey RTM, Tutor TV ASTRO and DidikTV@ntv7, totalling 11 hours.
DidikTV would be available on channel 107 on MYTV, 147 on Astro and NTV7 on Unifi TV.