PdPR should not be based on Covid-19 trends but structured well as part of future schooling norm

Adam Parkash Abdullah (file photo).

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KUCHING, June 6: Implementations of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) should not only be based on the trends of Covid-19 spread, but to be refined for effectiveness when it becomes a part of the future schooling norm.

This is the view of Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president Adam Parkash Abdullah when he said the Ministry of Education (MoE) should come up with a more strategic plan to ensure effectiveness of PdPR though he welcomed the announcement of the continuance of PdPR practice for all schools until July 17.

“PdPR could possibly be a part of the future schooling norm for at least the next few years and more thinking should be put into this, so that it is no longer an impromptu arrangement but a well-planned and structured process,” he said in a statement today.

If proper procedures of the PdPR were to be outlined, he said teachers and students would then see it as a part of the school routine and are able to adapt more easily to the situation.

Meanwhile, Adam also urged the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to list teachers in Sarawak in the priority list for Covid-19 vaccination as STU’s divisional branches reported big groups of their teachers who have yet to receive notifications for their first doses.

While new Covid-19 clusters are still emerging despite the Movement Control Order (MCO) in place, he expressed concerns for the safety of the teachers if and when physical classes are to be resumed in the near future.

“STU is again requesting the kind assistance of Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas as SDMC (Sarawak Disaster Management Committee) chairman to list teachers in the priority list for the vaccines.

“This is a good time to call teachers out for the vaccination as they can go to the centres without disrupting their class schedules.

“We hope the government supports our call for the best interest of the children and teachers in school,” he added. — DayakDaily