Improve online learning for pupils still stuck at home, say activists

Children have been studying from home since mid-March as a safety measure to combat the spread of Covid-19. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) has called for immediate improvements to at-home learning, claiming that most schoolchildren are not benefiting from the past few months of online classes.

Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, the group’s leader, alleged that the online learning was unstructured and ineffective and Tunku Munawirah Putra, its spokesman, said the syllabi and methods were not standardised across subjects and schools.

“PAGE is of the opinion that home-based learning is slow and inadequate,” Tunku Munawirah told FMT. “Many students are losing out and getting left behind.”

She also said the conduct of virtual classes depended on teacher initiative.

Azimah told FMT online learning had been “close to non-existent” and added that remedies were urgent.

She said she was worried for pupils who were not yet returning to school.

Education Minister Radzi Jidin announced yesterday that schools would reopen on June 24, but only for Form Five and Form Six students.

He said the government was satisfied with the standard operating procedures set for schools following several dry runs conducted by officials at selected schools.

Azimah said the students were old enough to be expected to abide by the rules.

“The challenge is to get them to focus on the learning, which has been sporadic, and to concentrate on the examinations ahead,” she said.

“We hope teachers will be serious too and committed to filling the gaps and overcoming obstacles in their way.”

Tunku Munawirah said schools might need to have dual sessions to accommodate students once all of them are allowed to go back to school.

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