The abolition of the UPSR will enable children to learn in a more relaxed environment, encourage creativity and enhance their soft skills, writes Rita Jong, a mother of two school-going children.
Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin announced the UPSR for Year 6 pupils will be abolished starting this year. There will not be any major national examination for primary school students. They will instead undergo classroom-based assessments.
Teaching is a calling, not a job. It is a profession that creates all other professions. Above all, teachers shouldn’t just teach but make their students think for themselves.
Global Oak Tree Scholars International School co-founder Veronica Shepherdson believes in the power of collaboration between teachers and students and says education must not be boring.
The responsibility of ensuring schools are safe in the Covid-19 era does not lie with teachers alone. Parents too play a big part.
National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) wants Education Ministry to postpone latest version of online learning manual that fails to consider challenges faced by teachers, students and parents.
Teenagers from a correctional hostel in Kuala Lumpur have missed out on online classes since last year due to lack of gadgets and poor Internet connectivity, raising concerns if more are being left out in their education.
The Education Ministry must work with schools to make laptops or other devices easily available for families.
Education Ministry, teachers must spearhead move to ensure children, especially from B40 families, get devices and Internet connection. It is also vital for educators to be given right tools and training to ensure students are not left behind.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim says the Education Ministry should consider moving core subjects to English as it will open up the learning channels for our children – especially when lessons are carried out online.
Not knowing when the Movement Control Order will end, the National Union of the Teaching Profession says digital training for teachers is crucial to ensure students get the best.
Ex-teacher A. Velurajan says children who missed out on classes since March 2020 need remedial classes. He suggests that the Education Ministry rope in former teachers for the task while parents should voice out and brainstorm with the ministry.
Some 25,000 kindergartens and 5,000 childcare centres nationwide employing more than 78,000 people are struggling to stay afloat with the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).