KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — A survey conducted by the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) Peninsular Malaysia found that most respondents want the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) method version 1.0 to be retained with improvements and reject the implementation of PdPR version 2.0.
Its secretary-general Harry Tan Huat Hock, in a statement today said that 98 per cent or 14,043 out of 14,298 respondents gave the feedback through a survey on PdPR version 2.0.
He said among the feedback received were it was not the time yet for students to be in front of the gadgets from 7.30am to 1pm as there were still many students who did not access to devices as well as reducing the subjects.
“NUTP urges the Ministry of Education (MOE) to postpone the implementation of PdPR version 2.0 which will increase the burden of students, teachers as well as parents as it does not take into account the learning situation at home,” he said.
Tan said NUTP also conducted a survey on PdPR involving parents with 16,554 respondents asking the MOE to improve the PdPR method.
The feedback received included the burden borne by parents especially those who were not highly educated as well as on students in terms of extra homework and teachers were unable to assess their students’ ability.
Tan said the MOE should find the best approach to ensure smooth running of PdPR including by addressing the lack of Internet access or devices issue as well as helping to control the prices of electronic devices.
According to the PdPR Manual Version 2.0 which can be obtained at the MOE website, the proposed timetable for primary schools is from 7.30am to 1pm while for lower secondary students (Form 1 to 3) from 7.30am until 2pm.
Through the PdPR version 2.0, teachers will conduct the teaching session for the first 30 minutes while the next 30 minutes will be allocated for exercises and tutorials.
A short break of two to five minutes for every 30 minutes of PdPR session and five to 10 minutes before the start of new learning session, should also be provided by teachers.