It’s all in the training of teachers


I HAVE personally seen the video of the teacher presenting the lesson on the human reproductive system on the Education Ministry’s DidikTV.

We live in a society where sex education still hasn’t achieved an acceptable level, hence any subjects dealing with the issue of human reproduction should be presented or discussed carefully. It’s the duty of the Education Ministry to provide adequate training for teachers to conduct such lessons via TV or online programmes.

Teaching children face to face in an open classroom is totally different from communicating to them via camera or live recording. Besides subject knowledge, teachers must also have good presentation skills and effective communication techniques. If any of these skills is wanting, the end users – our children – will be the ones to suffer the consequences.

Where science is concerned, efforts must be taken to make the subject more interesting so that more students would take it up and we can develop a society with a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

More importantly, we must destroy the idea that science is a difficult subject. Starting from primary school, the importance of science must be emphasised among pupils so that by the time they are at secondary level, they would be very comfortable in learning the subject.

As schools will be opening next month, I think the Education Ministry should maintain Goggle Classroom. This could be an additional platform for learning among children.

The Education Ministry must also give perks to teachers to show appreciation for their extra work in upgrading their skills.

ARIVOO SELVADURAI

Kuala Lumpur

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