The Department of Education is exploring appropriate approaches to improve student literacy

GENTING HIGHLANDS: The Department of Education (MOE) is exploring appropriate teaching approaches that can be taken to address the low literacy rate of some pupils in the country.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said the issue needed attention as some students were still weak in reading despite having entered secondary school.

“It’s not new, but it was there even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. It’s a major challenge for us (the ministry) and I’ve been talking to the chief education officer to look at different approaches, for the problems.

“…maybe the syllable-based approach we’ve taken is a bit difficult for students to understand, so we’re working on that to ensure that early interventions can be made,” he said. during a press conference after chairing the 29th Seminar on Educational Management and Leadership at the Aminuddin Baki Institute, here on Monday (July 4).

Meanwhile, Radzi said the ministry was aware of allegations that some teachers had to “cheat” by giving students higher grades just to ensure their key performance indicators (KPIs) were met.

“You have to understand, the comments (grades) given by the teachers are based on their justification. So to tell us that this teacher is cheating or vice versa, is quite a subjective thing.

“But I don’t deny that it can happen and we are also aware that it is necessary that we move forward together to understand what we want to achieve or produce from the education system,” he said. – Bernama