Strategy right decision, says KGBS

Ahmad Malie

KUCHING: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers’ Union (KGBS) applauded the Education Ministry for coming up with a post-movement control order (MCO) Education Strategy amidst the challenging education scenario in the country.

KGBS president Ahmad Malie described the strategy announced by Senior Minister (Education) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin on Wednesday as “responsive towards the public demand”.

Despite the cancellation of public examinations like Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for Year 6 pupils and Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (PT3) for Form 3 students as part of the strategy, Ahmad stated that it will not affect the education quality of students but would instead nurture confidence in the students to continue their studies without pressure from any party.

“We are looking at the cancellation of UPSR and PT3 as creating a new scenario of learning and facilitation (PdPc) for the teachers where they do not have to rush in finishing the syllabus before the examination takes place.

“This will also enable the students to enjoy a more fun learning as highlighted in the PdPc approach,” he said in a statement yesterday.

On the postponement of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (Stam) examinations, Ahmad said the move was only fitting and had considered various views via engagement with stakeholders in national education.

“The postponement will become an opportunity phase for students to prepare themselves not only from the academic context but also mentally and emotionally after undergoing social distancing and lockdown throughout the MCO period.

“KGBS believes that the strategy will not bring any loss to the students because the ministry has taken alternative and proactive actions to handle the issues resulting from the MCO,” said Ahmad.

He urged the public, especially parents to openly accept the new scenario of the nation’s education amidst the Covid-19 crisis.