Expert: Let PdPR run until year-end

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry should consider extending the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) programme as a practical and organised solution during the Covid-19 pandemic, until the end of the school year session.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia education expert Dr Anuar Ahmad said the reopening of schools with physical classes must be done only when the Education Ministry has a complete and effective set of guidelines for the group of students who have yet to be inoculated.

“The ministry has informed us that children under 18 will not get the vaccine yet ,but they are also at risk of getting infected with Covid-19, especially now with the new variants.

“There are almost five million students in the country, how can the ministry guarantee the children attending school are not at risk of being infected with Covid-19 or being a carrier to their families?

“What about the parents who are reluctant to send their children to school physically in September due to their child’s safety, will classes be held online and physical simultaneously?,” he said in a statement.

Anuar said teachers have shown significant improvement since PdPR was implemented 15 months ago.

“The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 performance was the best in the last five years — this shows there is no urgent need to reopen schools on Sept 1.

“In my opinion, the announcement does not largely affect the current situation of the students, teachers and parents,” he said.

Earlier today, the Education Ministry announced that physical classes in schools will start on Sept 1 while PdPR will continue to be conducted until Aug 31. – NST ONLINE

by Teh Athira Yusof

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