KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has decided to allow teachers the flexibility to complete the i-Think offline course at their own pace.
The decision was made over worries that educators are becoming overwhelmed by having to complete the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) –related course on top of performing their routine duties.
“We are concerned about the anxiety experienced by teachers who are required to take (the course) now (and complete it by the end of the month).
“This is why we are giving the teachers and school administrators the flexibility to complete their i-Think course when they can.
“At the same time, we are upgrading the implementation of the course by cutting down the number of modules that have to be taken,” it said in a statement today.
Another factor which influenced the Ministry’s decision is technical issues with the i-Think website, which has crashed repeatedly over the past week.
In a circular issued recently, the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) advised educators experiencing problems with the website to forward their complaints, together with screen captures of the online issues they are facing to them.
The NUTP also assured teachers that it would back them in the event that the Ministry takes action against them for their failure to complete i-Think-related assignments.
The initial deadline for the course, which had already been re-set, was Dec 31 – but the Ministry did not specify a new deadline in its latest statement.