Month: April 2021

Eight new Covid-19 clusters today, including three in education institutions

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah arrives for his daily press conference on Covid-19 in Putrajaya February 9, 2021. — Picture by Hari Anggara

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah arrives for his daily press conference on Covid-19 in Putrajaya February 9, 2021. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — Eight new Covid-19 clusters were detected by the Health Ministry today, three of which are located in schools or education institutions.

Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the eight clusters, one is located in Selangor, Pahang, and Johor respectively, while two are located in Sabah and three in Sarawak.

“The clusters today include the Jalan Maktab cluster in Selangor, the Seri Kuantan cluster in Pahang,

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Education should be less about data and more about values

We have had ‘distance learning’ for 500 years and it never was better than teachers.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Graduates at the University of Utah’s commencement ceremony, in Salt Lake City on Thursday May 2, 2019.

It’s time for education to re-think itself. That’s true for both public education and higher education.

The pandemic showcased a not-so-new education tool — digital technology. Some labeled it “distance learning.” But distance learning is not new. It has been around for 500 years in the form

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Perikatan govt has failed to put teachers and students first, says former deputy education minister

In a statement, Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching pointed out three ‘failures’ done thus far in PN’s management of the reopening of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the leadership should be held accountable.   — Picture by Miera Zulyana

In a statement, Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching pointed out three ‘failures’ done thus far in PN’s management of the reopening of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the leadership should be held accountable. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — Former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching today took to task the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government school reopening management, saying that the latter has failed to put the interests of students and teachers first.

In a statement, the Kulai MP pointed out three “failures” done thus far in PN’s management of the reopening of

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Students take up the cause to push for more financial education

As financial literacy advocates push for more personal finance education in schools, students are also joining the cause.

Only 21 states require personal finance coursework to graduate high school, with just a handful mandating a stand-alone class, according to the Council for Economic Education. Yet research shows that those who have some financial education typically have lower credit card balances, higher credit scores and take out smaller private loans for college.

“The economy has been fluctuating up and down,” said 15-year-old Zoe McCall. “We need to know these things.”

The high school sophomore lives in Maryland, one of the states

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Now is a great time for veterans to enhance their education

One of the great benefits of military service, among many, includes the pursuit of higher education.

Because of the pandemic, many veterans are working and living in quarantine, and some active-duty military are working indoors.

For many, this social isolation and increased computer time has allowed them to finish their undergraduate education or pursue advanced degrees.

The pandemic has accelerated the online educational revolution. Almost every college, university and trade school owns the technology and has instructors to teach, mentor and guide veterans and active-duty military towards a better future.

Think about it — almost any degree, any specialty, any

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