MDEC encourages kids to keep studying, lists e-learning services


Surina called on parents working from home to keep their children engaged with positive content, using e-learning platforms. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) encourages students to use e-learning platforms while the movement control order (MCO) has them staying home from school.

Its CEO Surina Shukri called on parents who are working from home to ensure their children are staying engaged with positive content through suitable e-learning platforms.

“The MCO has forced a re-think of traditional approaches and innovative content delivery solutions by both the Malaysian education system and parents. The temporary closure of all schools has exposed the importance of digital technologies in people’s lives and the positive impact it can make,” she said in a press release.

MDEC's view is that the Covid-19 pandemic will have a long-term impact on attitudes towards digital technologies, including the way education is delivered in the country.

The Education Ministry’s statistics – as of Jan 31, 2019 – list 2,436 secondary schools and 7,772 primary schools in the country, all of which are currently closed due to the MCO.

“I would like to emphasise that MDEC will play our part to assist the Government’s efforts and enable Malaysians to continue learning and become digitally-skilled at the same time,” said Surina.

She pointed out that Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTI) and colleges were also looking at new ways to develop online approaches to meet their students’ needs.

PDTIs are Malaysia’s leading digital tech-focused tertiary institutions that train students for careers in tech.

MDEC said its website would be listing resources providing e-learning content, including courses on primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

The site also listed 11 PDTIs offering courses including Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Sunway University andTaylor's University; as well five polytechnics including Politeknik Ungku Omar, Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah and Politeknik Mersing.

MDEC also listed other learning resources and tutoring channels, both free and premium ones, including EduwebTV, JomStudi, SPM Flix SPMflix.com and Tutor TV.

Parents can also help their kids study from home by subscribing to dimsum entertainment’s educational content, which covers syllabus from preschool to primary and secondary schools, and even SK and SRJK syllabus.

“With a lot of kids not in school, many parents are looking for learning materials online and we carry the school syllabus, as well as provide content in different languages from Bahasa Malaysia to Chinese and English,” said dimsum chief marketing officer Lam Swee Kim.

The streaming service recently partnered up with education content provider SayPBS, which brings 16 years of experience in delivering creative education programmes tailored to helping students learn more effectively.

The e-tutorials on dimsum entertainment are available at a special rate of only RM10 per month using this promo code, STUDYJER, at www.dimsum.asia.

dimsum entertainment is a Malaysian subscription video-on-demand service operated by SMG Entertainment Sdn Bhd, which is part of The Star Media Group.

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