Mah Hang Soon: Apply ‘blended learning’ approach to handle Internet connectivity issues

TANJUNG MALIM: Students and pupils who have poor Internet connectivity can use a “blended learning” approach, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (pic).

The Deputy Education Minister said a “blended approach” combines both online and offline learning methods.

“In blended learning, teachers may leave their notes and homework at a designated location where they will be picked up by a village head or tok batin (Orang Asli headman).

“They will then distribute the homework to the students accordingly. Once they are done, the village chief will then collect the homework and put them back to the designated areas for the teachers to collect,” he told reporters at Kampung Chang Lama here on Thursday (Jan 28).

On Wednesday (Jan 27), Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said home-based teaching and learning was not only limited to online classes, whereby teachers are allowed the flexibility of setting suitable methods for their students.

Dr Mah said some students in the city also faced problems with online lessons, not just those from rural areas.

“The Education Ministry is taking the matter seriously and we have come up with several solutions, including setting up an educational television channel.

“My office has also set up an easy e-learning portal,” he said, adding that it was crucial to find ways to ensure students are not left behind in their education.

“The Covid-19 pandemic will be with us for a while and until then, we need methods and creative ways that would help our children with their education,” he added.

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