Education sector in Malaysia so far...
A part of our economy has opened its doors this week and several businesses are excited to resume their ‘new norms’ in business. However, for the safety and wellbeing of students, schools continue to remain closed until further notice.
At the start of the MCO, parents and teachers scramble to get their student’s affair in order and it’s been a sprint to transition learning from school to home. A couple of weeks later, major examinations have been postponed or cancelled and a statement reassuring worried parents a notice will be given at least 2 weeks in advance before students are able to return back to school.
Not all heroes wear capes!
While our frontliners in healthcare have been helping our country progress in leaps and bounds, the other half of our heroes are the parents and teachers for ensuring student learning goes interrupted at home.
Since the MCO has started, parents have been tasked to help teachers conduct online lessons at home. Online learning is an exciting way for students to engage in their lessons because it involves technology as an element of fun and gives students full control on their learning anytime, anywhere!
However, the pressure to multitask and be responsible for student learning can be overwhelming. To give back to the heroes that are raising future leaders, we’ve prepared a simple checklist to help parents continue to conduct student learning at home.
1. Learning materials are enough for student learning
In a survey conducted by YTL Foundation, 53% of parents expressed concern at the lack of learning materials. This is a great first step for every parent to get started!
The internet hosts many learning materials online which comes in many forms such as educational mobile apps, monthly subscriptions and educational websites.
With little time in the day and so much to go through - finding one is similar to finding a needle in a haystack! To help, we’ve narrowed down 3 characteristics learning materials should have (i) are they aligned to the national curriculum (ii) are they age appropriate (iii) is it fun?
2. Learning materials easy and quick to understand
Teachers are an invaluable part of society and subject matter experts! There are components to learning and teaching is hard when you have to prepare learning materials that achieves the learning goal.
54% of parents shared in their feedback that they’re aware that they aren’t experts and may not be able to provide students with the answers they need.
The best practice is for parents to skim through tentative learning websites or notes and to select the best ones that include learning aids and activities for a student to do. That way, the site encourages students to review what they’ve learnt and for parents to explain if students have questions!
3. Learning materials checks student understanding after lessons
Similar to our previous point, it’s hard to teach without being a subject matter expert!
We advise parents to look out for learning materials that also provide guidance or solutions for learning activities. Better yet, source out learning tools that can help assess the strengths and weaknesses of a student after completing an activity!
Visit this website to find learning materials that checks everything off this list!
YTL Foundation has been collaborating with Pelangi and teachers from Teach for Malaysia to produce lessons that fit the bill!
These colourful learning materials are created by teachers that teach according to the national curriculum and are appropriate for students from Standard 1 to Form 5. To help students focus on achieving learning goals, these lessons are broken down into sections for fun learning! Videos and quizzes are carefully included to help students be more engaged in their lessons at home!
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