Lockdowns of various kinds have propelled almost every educational institution around the world to embrace digital teaching and learning.
Now finally, skills training institutes are getting on board with e-learning.
While some are coping well, others are facing difficulties in conducting online learning as 70% of the syllabus involves hands-on practical training.
The president of a Malaysian technical and vocational education and training (TVET) action committee comprising private skills training institutes said they should be allowed to concentrate on theory lessons instead of the practical training portion the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) syllabus during this period.
“Once the MCO [lockdown] ends, we can resume lessons and continue with the practical training, ” said Nordin Abdul Malek.
While some students don’t participate in the e-learning sessions due to their lack of academic interest, Nordin said many can’t do so because they do not have gadgets as they are from the B40 (low-income) community.
“Some students aren’t able to buy data and the environment they come from isn’t conducive for e-learning.
Another challenge that inundates the sector amid the pandemic, he said, is that many government agencies are not familiar with the e-learning system for TVET.
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