KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — The National Parents-Teacher Associations Consultative Council (PIBGN) has suggested that the Ministry of Education (MOE) turns district education offices (PPDs) into ‘one stop centres’ in addressing problems related to home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) and DidikTV KPM.
PIBGN president, Associate Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Ali Hasan said that it was due to PPDs being the best medium to communicate with parents who face complications, and bring their problems to the authorities immediately.
“I suggest that the MOE creates a hotline managed by dedicated staff who are specifically assigned to address any of these matters (PdPR and DidikTV) at the district level, rather than being centralised at the state or national level.
“This is a good solution to help parents in the interior. For example, elected representatives are easily contacted at the district level, so only PPDs have easy access to parents, and can then bring the matter to the central level,” he said.
He said this to Bernama when asked to comment on preparations for PdPR if schools are to be closed again due to COVID-19 infection at educational institutions.
Over the past week, there have been reports of COVID-19 infections in schools, causing several clusters to be detected in schools and educational institutions in several states.
On Monday the Petaling district health office (PKD) in Selangor issued a directive for 19 schools to close, after several cases of COVID-19 were detected.
In this regard, Mohamad Ali opined that the MOE should consider closing all schools nationwide for two weeks, as there are many negative indicators that threaten the health and safety of students.
“But parents should not be worried and suspicious, because I believe that this is the best; we think in terms of the safety and lives of our children, and at the same time we do not push education aside. So for now, this is the best way,” he said.
However, Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin was of the view that it would be unfair for schools to close completely, as reports showed COVID-19 infection did not come from schools, but in the community through parents or guardians.
On the other hand, he said that support from all parties, including the parents-teacher associations (PTAs) could further enhance the implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in their respective schools.
“The PTAs and laymen, without a medical background, should be the last party to demand the closure of schools over just a few isolated cases. They should not press the panic button and cause more confusion.
“Instead, in a situation like this, they should be helping the school management to further improve the SOPs, and gain the confidence of parents in sending their children to school,” he said, adding that the PTA members could volunteer to monitor students or parents before and after school.
Meanwhile, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, said that if schools were ordered to close and reopen, the MOE was expected to prepare SOPs to open schools on a rotational attendance only, as recommended last year.
She said that the rotation of schooling sessions could clearly control the number of students and staff at school for a certain period, with half of the students attending school and the other half involved in PdPR.
“PdPR has become the new norm and parents already know what to do.
“As the number of COVID-19 infection cases is increasing, there is a high probability that schools will have to be closed again. PdPR is the last step because there is no other option. Like it or not, parents have no choice,” she said.
Majority Of Malaysians Still Adhere To SOP, But Some Are Tired
SHAH ALAM, May 18 –The recent viral on social media of pictures and videos of various quarters violating the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) has sparked public outrage, especially with the high number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the country.
Nevertheless, majority of Malaysians are steadfast in adhering to the SOPs set by the government, which they have been doing since last year and has now become part of the new norms in their daily life.
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) counseling psychologist Dr Fauziah Mohd Saad said this could be seen during the recent Hari Raya celebration which saw majority of the people complying with the government’s directive not to go on house visits.
“However, in terms of enforcement, there must be empowerment by the authorities such as by the management of shopping centres in controlling the number of patrons at their premises which should control the number of visitors,” she told Bernama.
A survey by Bernama at shopping malls in Shah Alam found there were not as many people at the premises as had been viralled on the on social media last weekend in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.
A counselling and motivation expert, Hushim Salleh, opined that the SOP violation by some people was because they had been under the movement control order for too long, causing them to feel restricted.
“They are suffering from pandemic exhaustion to the point of triggering psychological and emotional effects that bring to a level where they no longer care about the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not that they do not know about the number of the COVID-19 infections and advice on complying with the SOPs as all the information can be obtained from their smartphones.
“It is the current situation that can sometimes leads to irrational thinking,” he added.
Selangor still recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,650 new cases recorded yesterday.
An expert in public health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr Malina Osman regarded the SOP non-compliance by some quarters in Selangor, especially in Shah Alam, as the cause of the spread of COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, a survey by Bernama at the COVID-19 Assessment Center (CAC) at the Malawati Stadium near here found that the situation was no longer as crowded as was viralled on social media before.
This followed a decision by the state government in setting up tents outside the CAC for the convenience of patients and staff.
(Video) 5 Recommended Moisturizers To Get From Your Nearest Drugstore
Moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine. It is to keep your skin hydrated and away from blemishes, dullness, dryness, and more. A good moisturizer will lock in moisture on your skin and moisturizing your skin regularly, it will make your skin looks brighter and younger.
A girl posted a video of recommended moisturizers for oily or combination and acne-prone skin that can be bought from the drugstore and it was really helpful because skincare products from the drugstore are mostly affordable and the products mentioned are the ones with good reviews and high ratings.
@skincarethreadmyMoisturizer recommendation drugstore version! ✨ #pendidikankulit #skincare #skincaretips #buwatjetiktok #fyp #fypdongggggggg #tiktokmalaysia
These are five moisturizers that you can get from your nearest drugstore:
1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
It is formulated with Patented Superior Technology with 5% Prebiotic Kiwi yeast extract that will hydrates skin up to 72 hours. This moisturizer will also stimulate the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid.
2) Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Plus Moisturizer
It is infused with Prebiotic from France and Rice Water from Korea that will soothe skin by 96.9% and keep your skin moisturized for up to 24 hours.
3) Hada Labo Hydrating Snow Dew
It contains ceramide that can strengthen the skin barrier and four types of hyaluronic acid for perfectly moisturized skin.
4) Bio Essence Water Gel
This moisturizer helps skin to repair, replenish and renew itself. It also enhances the intake of oxygen to let the skin breathe making it active and energized.
5) Safi Acne Solutions Soothing Gel Moisturizer
It has a non-oily formula that is lightweight and water-based. It is also pH balanced and absorbs quickly which is suitable for oily skin types. The main ingredients are AHA, BHA, and Neem.
(Video) Al-Aqsa Mosque: 5 Amazing Facts That You Might Not Know About
Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and it is the third holiest site in Islam. The covered mosque building was originally a small prayer house erected by Umar, the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate after the Muslim conquest of the Levant in the early 7th century. It was rebuilt and expanded by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik and finished by his son al-Walid in 705.
There is actually a lot of interesting history for the most significant and highly contested holy site in the Palestinian city of Jerusalem. These are actually 5 amazing facts that many people should know about it Al-Aqsa Mosque.
1) It Was The First Qibla For Muslims
Al-Aqsa is one of the holiest sites in Islam. While Muslims now pray in the direction of the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia, this has not always been the custom. Before resorting to the Kaaba as a Qibla, the direction that should be faced during Islamic prayer, Muslims used to pray in the direction of the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa now stands. Prophet Muhammad was later instructed to take the Kaaba as a Qiblah through Surat Al-Baqara.
2) Dome Of The Rock Is Said To Be One Of The First Islamic Domes In History
The legendary golden dome is probably the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Al-Aqsa. The mosque’s Dome of the Rock is said to be the first dome to ever be used in Islamic architecture, before becoming a staple of Islamic mosques. Initially made of wood, the dome was later decorated with marble pieces and a distinctive gold layer by Ottoman Caliph Suleiman the Magnificent.
3) It Is Not Just One Mosque
While Al-Aqsa is often thought of as a single building, the site actually consists of several mosques, such as the Buraq Mosque and the Marwani Mosque. To avoid confusion, the wider compound in which Al-Aqsa is located is usually referred to as Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.
4) Has Its Very Own Library
— The British Library (@britishlibrary) May 30, 2017
The Al-Aqsa Library was established in the year of 1923 by the Supreme Muslim Legislative Council. It includes a collection of valuable manuscripts and published works in Islamic and Arabic studies.
5) Muslims Believe The Site Has Witnessed Miracle
— أحمد بوخاطر (@AhmedBukhatir) May 26, 2014
Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to Al-Aqsa during the ‘Night Journey,’ known as Al-Israa Wal- Mi’raj, one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar. It is said that during ‘The Night Journey’, Prophet Muhammad traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, and then up to Paradise, on a heavenly creature.
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