Students pay the price for policy reversals


  • Letters
  • Friday, 12 Jul 2019

REFERRING to the letter “Sad to see Frog VLE go” (The Star, July 3), I remember attending the Leaps of Knowledge Conference a few years ago. I decided to attend because my children had started using the Frog VLE program in school and I wanted to know more about it.

I was pleasantly surprised by the way the conference was run. I saw teachers participating in activities and having a good time.

There were speakers from different countries who inspired and awed the participants with their experience and stories about teaching and learning. I also noticed the passion the organisers of the conference had for education.

Although initially hesitant, the teachers in my son’s school started using the program.

I watched the Frog VLE evolve from being just a platform to an information hub for students and teachers. Its presence was strong in the school and the teachers were motivated to use the platform. A classroom was also built to help with the implementation of the program.

I remember my nephew being selected to attend a study camp run by FrogAsia with lecturers from Oxford University.

Imagine being 16 and having Oxford lecturers teaching you. It opened up a new world for this teenager and provided him with a glimpse of what is waiting for him if he worked hard for it.

The program inspired and motivated both the students and teachers, something which is lacking in schools today.

I could see that a lot of effort was put in to make the Frog VLE program work in schools. So, when I was told that it would be discontinued, I felt the same heaviness in my heart as when the PPSMI (teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English) policy was discontinued.

This flip-flopping of policies brings more harm than good to the children. It is clear that the decisions are made without having the students’ interests in mind. Just as School Teacher mentioned in the letter, everything has come to a screeching halt.

It is said that the Frog VLE will be replaced by Google Classroom. I think that before implementing Google Classroom, the Education Ministry has to be transparent and let us, the parents and teachers, know if the new system is already equipped with quizzes, the Malaysian education syllabus and materials in Chinese and Tamil for vernacular schools.

If teachers have to start populating everything from scratch, it would mean attending more training sessions and less time teaching. Again, the students would be the ones paying the price.

UNHAPPY PARENT

Petaling Jaya


   

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