DidikTV to help students without online education access

It will broadcast programmes based on MoE’s curriculum and co-curriculum from pre-school level to Form 6

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by ARIF KARTONO

PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he is confident that DidikTV KPM will be able to help the implementation of home-based teaching and learning, especially for students who do not have access to online education.

The education TV channel is a continuous effort by the Education Ministry (MoE) in increasing access to quality education for all students nationwide.

He remarked that this is the first time in the country’s history where the government introduced a special channel dedicated to education with programmes running from 7am to 12am every day.

“All these efforts require strong support and close cooperation from all stakeholders, especially students, teachers and parents.

“Let us all be united in carrying out our responsibilities in achieving the national education agenda towards excellence for the sake of the country’s future generation,” he said in a televised address of the launch yesterday.

DidikTV KPM will broadcast programmes based on MoE’s curriculum and co-curriculum, as well as news about education from pre-school level to Form 6, edutainment programmes and content produced by students.

Additionally, lifelong learning contents that focus on noble values and character development of students will also be broadcast.

Education is among the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that hit the country since the beginning of last year and has prompted schools to close during the Movement Control Order period.

The circumstances have caused a drastic shift of more than five million students from learning in schools to other alternatives, mainly online platforms.

Meanwhile, Parent Action Group for Education honorary secretary Tunku Munawirah Putra told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) that DidikTV KPM is a good option for those who do not have devices and connectivity.

Tunku Munawirah, however, said the group is cautious of the role teachers will play in the future with the change that is taking place in the traditional education structure.

“Teachers should continue to facilitate students and not allow TV to take over their responsibilities of teaching and educating,” she added.

TMR had recently reported that DidikTV KPM will give students another viable option to ensure they are up to date in their studies, according to education experts.

Educationist Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom lauded the initiative as it can be accessed even in the rural area, which makes it convenient for students to catch up on their studies.

He said the programme should be continued even after the global health crisis is curbed and students are allowed to go back to school because it acts as additional assistance for students to revise what they have learnt in school.

“It would be good if it is a longterm initiative because students would have another alternative to learning on top of the physical classroom setting and online platform for additional resources.

“This gives students a choice because some of them may feel more comfortable to learn via the channel,” he told TMR.


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PM launches DidikTV- to aid home based teaching and learning