DidikTV, a special channel dedicated to education, was launched yesterday, 17 February.
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Following the official launch ceremony that was presided over by prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DidikTV was made available to the Malaysian public.
Airing from 7am to midnight daily, this special channel is part of the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s initiatives to solve the problems faced in home-based teaching and learning (PdPR).
DidikTV’s content includes daily classes on various subjects for students in both primary and secondary school, as well as edutainment, content produced by students, and more.
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Through this, MOE wants to provide Malaysians with a platform to gain more knowledge, as part of their efforts to help create an informed society.
Just a day after the launch, Malaysian parents are already sharing how DidikTV is helping their kids to learn more efficiently from home.
Ng Kok Chee, father of one, shared that he thinks DidikTV is a good start.
“It’s definitely better to have something rather than nothing. For students who can’t attend school for physical class, DidikTV will help them keep up with their learning. It would be good if the programmes were more interactive, to better hold kids’ attention throughout the whole show,” he said.
Image via Ng Kok Chee (provided to SAYS)
As for Laila, also known as Ninja Housewife, DidikTV has definitely helped with her PdPR struggles.
“I have two kids in primary school, one in kindergarten, and a toddler. Many times, the online classes are at the same time but we don’t have enough devices, so my younger son will have to miss his class to allow my eldest to attend. And then there’s the issue of unstable Internet. It’s so frustrating!” she shared.
“I’m really happy that MOE has launched DidikTV. It’s a great start to accessible learning for all. Watching classes on TV, then having the support of teachers via Google Classroom, is much better. Even though he’s only nine, my younger son even watches some of the SPM content because it’s so engaging and informative.”
Image via Ninja Housewife (provided to SAYS)
Meanwhile, L. Manimaran, a father of three school-going children, said, “Students will appreciate this channel as it is free. It is like free tuition for them. This is a great help to them.”
He also added that “the channel will also benefit many parents who are from the B40 group who can’t afford to send their children for extra classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Additionally, he stressed that home-based learning should not be limited to mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, but must be accessible via television too.