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PdPR: Give Teachers Space, Increase Relevant Training

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — Barely a week after the school session started, there were voices of dissatisfaction from some parents with the implementation of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) classes.

There are claims that teachers are not adequately prepared to teach using the PdPR approach hence disrupting the learning process.

However, prominent figures in the education industry are of the view that teachers should be given space and opportunity to adapt in new way.

National Parents-Teacher Associations Consultative Council (PIBGN) president Associate Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ali Hassan said that relevant training could be introduced to existing teachers to expose them to PdPR methods and processes.

“As this PdPR is relatively new, all parties must understand the current situation by providing adequate space and opportunities for teachers to be truly skilled in implementing PdPR.

“Hence, at the same time, it is proposed that the Ministry of Education (MOE) employs one or two educators who are experts and skilled in PdPR, either local or from abroad, to teach the methods and processes to these teachers,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

He said that the training could be done online or face-to-face by adhering to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs), to equip teachers so that they can teach in front of a monitor screen confidently and effectively.

At the same time, intensive retraining for teachers such as teachers involved in teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI), English subject and vocational stream should be done immediately and periodically.

He also added that some of the basic constraints that the country still faces should also be given the main focus because although teachers are capable while there are still many obstacles, then the goal of PdPR will not be achieved.

“Among them, the problem of internet coverage which has yet to be comprehensive, especially in rural and remote areas; the availability of adequate devices and other equipment including for large families; systematic e-textbook materials; local technical assistance; as well as monitoring and evaluating each level of effective PdPR,” he said.

Meanwhile, also sharing a similar sentiment is National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Aminuddin Awang who said that in the future, PdPR should be included in the curriculum of teaching courses at the institute of teacher education (IPG) and also the institute of higher learning (IPT).

He said that at the same time, the MOE also needs to improve and strengthen skills improvement courses for teachers, especially once the school environment returns to normal.

“The aspect of training for teachers in the field of PdPR is indeed a necessity after this … even if the school is opened as usual after this, PdPR will be an important medium of support for face-to-face schooling,” he said.

However, Aminuddin said, on average, teachers are actually ready to teach through PdPR as they have experienced similar situation last year, but not all students have the readiness to learn that way.

“This year is the second year teachers use PdPR as a medium of instruction … last year, because it came suddenly and without the planning of the MOE, it is acknowledged that teachers did not have the experience and skills to implement PdPR then.

“But for this year, MOE, the schools and teachers already have the experience of managing school session during the COVID-19 pandemic, so various initial preparations have been made. The problem now is that, among students, there are various categories and levels in aspects of readiness to learn through PdPR, so that is the cause of the problems,” he said, asking for space to be given to teachers to carry out the plans.

He said that each party must realise that the impact of PdPR will not be the same as teaching and learning in the classroom as PdPR is the support medium for the face-to-face learning process that could not be implemented due to COVID-19.

“At the same time, we need to realise that there are various categories of students. Some have devices and internet access; some have only devices without internet access; others have devices and internet access but have to take turns with other siblings or waiting for the parents to return from work because they need to borrow the phone while some do not have anything,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Follow These Easy Steps To Pay Your PTPTN, SSPN-I And SSPN-I Plus Using Shopee

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Fellow graduates, pay attention because this is just not going to help you a lot but it will also ease yourself when you are trying to pay back your own student’s loan. Ever thinking that it is actually exhausting that you have to go to the counter and deal with the hustle and bustle every single time you want to pay back your student loan? Worry no more because with technology nowadays, you can just pay back your student’s loan in the comfort of your own home.

The alternative mentioned would be to pay back your student’s loan just by using the Shopee app. Isn’t it so amazing that other than shop until your heart’s content, you can also finish your obligation to pay back your student’s loan there? It is such a time-saving, energy-saving, and also reliable alternatives that have ever been made for graduates.

These are the easy steps on how to do the payment for your student’s loan:

1) Launch Shopee app and tap on Deals, Top-Ups & Bills > PTPTN (under Bills Category)

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2) Select your loan or savings product from:

  • Education Loan – Bayaran Balik Pinjaman
  • Education Savings – SSPN-i, SSPN-i Plus

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3) Input your NRIC number  > Click ‘Check Account‘ to retrieve your account(s).

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4) Select the account you want to pay and input the amount > Click ‘Continue‘ to check out 

Please take note:

  • Minimum amount: RM10 & Maximum amount: RM999
  • service fee of RM1.00 imposed by the service provider will be added to your checkout amount.

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5) On the Checkout page, you may pay using ShopeePay or other payment methods to complete the order. 

Payment Methods available are

  • ShopeePay
  • Debit / Credit Card
    • Only Debit Card can be used for SSPN-I
  • Online Banking
  • Cash Payment at 7-Eleven

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6) Upon successful payment, PTPTN will process your bill within 3 working days. Click ‘View Order Details’ to see your bill order details.

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7) Click ‘Order Received’ & scroll to bottom > Click ‘Download My Receipt’ to view in-app receipt.

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8) You are allowed to pay your PTPTN / SSPN bills via Shopee as many times as you want. Under My Orders > Completed tab, click ‘Pay Another Bill’ to make another PTPTN / SSPN payment.

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(Video) World’s Longest Waterslide At Escape Theme Park In Malaysia

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For all the people out there who really love going down the water slide, this is the time for you guys to be excited because there is actually the longest water slide in the world and it is indeed located in Malaysia. Going down the water slide is actually one of life’s true simple pleasures. The longest water slide mentioned achieved by Sim Leisure Escape Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) specifically in Penang with 1,111 m in length. It operates under ESCAPE Penang.

The yellow and blue slide has double rings so that two people can ride the slide together. This particular water slide is tucked away high amid a forested hillside and people would have the chance to experience all the slide twists and turns for a very long time. Easily said, satisfaction guaranteed if you try this longest water slide.

 

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The slide features plenty of slow spots, which makes it feel more like a nice ride on a lazy river. But it also has its own time of scattered bursts of fast rushes that send the riders teetering towards the edge. Adrenaline rush would be such in high level while you are in this ride. It is really kind of like a rollercoaster but with more splashes of water. The journey also would just go on and on up until 3 minutes or even more.

 

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For those of you who do not know, the trees around the water slide actually have functions of their own. It is not there just for aesthetic purposes. ESCAPE Penang has transplanted more than 100 trees, rescuing them from construction sites where they would have been cut down. ESCAPE has a ‘tree adoption’ program that encourages landowners to contact ESCAPE for transplanting unwanted trees from their lands to sites operated by ESCAPE.

To find out the experience of the water slide route, Guinness World Records has shared a video showing highlights from the four-minute journey through it.

Sources: Instagram escape.PJ, YouTube Guinness World Records.

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(Video) Help Dad Relieve Stress, Daughter Gave Adorable Cat To Accompany Him

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Thinking of ways to reduce stress in life, usually techniques like meditation, yoga, and also journaling usually would come to mind. These are actually great techniques to be practiced. But getting a new best friend can also have many stress relieving and health benefits. While human friends provide great social support and come with some fabulous benefits for people who are having depression, there are also a lot of benefits that you can get when you have your own furry friends that are of course cats.

This is what happens towards a particular dad who has been given an adorable cat by his own daughter. Amazingly, the condition of the dad can be seen to be improving socially and also mentally after that and this has made his daughter be so happy for him. The video has been posted by a TikTok user that goes by the name Ladymarsya.

@ladymarsyaStory time : Ayah & Ciput ❤️ #catlover #fypシ #fyp #storytime♬ Ayah Dan Ibu – Dato’ Sudirman

According to the posted video, the daughter has stated that her dad has undergone surgery before in his life because he has heart disease and he also has to install a stand on his heart. Because of that, her dad constantly feels so stressed out when he is at home. The children also had once tried to buy him coloring books so that he can relieve some of his stress.

She also added, “We tried to bring back home an adorable cat for him even though he clearly said that he is really not into having a cat at home”. Amazingly after her dad and the cat become so much closer with each other, there has been so much improvement with her father. She ended the video by stating, “Alhamdulillah, dad is now stress-free. Thanks to you Ciput Khan”.

@ladymarsyaAda ke sesiapa mak / ayah dia macamni ? 🙄🙄🙄 ##fyp ##cats ##catlover ##fypシ ##CanYouBendChallenge ##powerAwesome

♬ Mabuk Lagi (Remix) – syhhafiq

Looking at the comments section, many netizens agree that cats could be such a great help for human beings to relieve some of the stress that they are having in their daily life. Many of them also amazed by the cute relationship that the dad has with the cat named Ciput Khan.

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