TV Pendidikan channels on RTM soon

The development of content for the channels is collaboration between KKMM and MoE

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by BERNAMA

THE Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) is expected to launch the free-to-air TV Pendidikan, a cluster of educational television (TV) channels via its broadcasting arm Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) within the next two months.

KKMM Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the new channels will benefit students at large as Malaysia enters the second phase of Movement Control Order (MCO) due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

He said the development of content for the channels is a collaboration between KKMM and the Ministry of Education (MoE).

RTM already has experience in running the TV Pendidikan programme from 1972 to 2008. Last year, during the first MCO period, RTM also provided two sessions of home classes in the morning, and two classes in the afternoon on a daily basis via TV Okey.

“As of now, RTM is conducting some testing of these (new TV) channels, but I cannot reveal the name yet as it is too early. But we are ready to carry out the role for TV pendidikan, be it during the Covid-19 or the post-Covid-19 period,” Saifuddin told the press after attending a virtual media conference of the Asean Digital Ministers’ Meeting last Friday.

TV Pendidikan is said to be a better alternative platform for students in primary and secondary schools nationwide compared to online learning methods.

It is expected to tackle the issues of limited Internet connectivity, lack of gadgets and non-conducive households that make online learning more exclusive.

Last week, Senior Minister (Education) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the MoE will consider enhancing the TV Pendidikan programme to reach a larger scale, ensuring pupils with no Internet and gadgets are not left behind.

TV Pendidikan was re-introduced via TV Okey for two hours a day beginning April 6 last year, making its total airtime at nine hours per day, including on Astro’s Tutor TV (four hours) and NTV7 (three hours).

Saifuddin said the new project, which RTM is spearheading, will be a free TV programme and viewers will not have to subscribe.

“It is a special channel under RTM. RTM is set to provide the medium — the broadcast platform within the first quarter of this year. However, for the content, we need to work out and collaborate with the MoE,” he added.

Earlier, Saifuddin attended the Asean Digital Ministers Meeting which also saw the launch of the Asean Digital Master Plan 2025 (ADM 2025). ADM 2025 is a five-year master plan that supports digital aspirations and aims to strengthen regional cooperation in developing the digital sector in Asean.

To achieve the vision, ADM 2025 has identified eight desired outcomes, including the prioritising of the recovery of Asean from pandemic Covid-19; improving broadband infrastructures quality and its access; develop competitive and sustainable market which involve digitalisations; and promote cross-border trade among Asean members.