KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 20 -- Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has criticised the decision by the Education Ministry to reopen schools by next month, calling it a flip-flop decision.

The former Negri Sembilan mentri besar known as Tok Mat said the ministry needs to stop indulging in such behaviour, as it is burdensome on students and their parents.

"Many parents have gone through much difficulties in buying digital instruments for online learning.

"All of this is a major burden to those with lower income and large families," he said in a statement.

Noting that the government has also just launched the special terrestrial education TV channel DidikTV to enable home-based teaching and learning, he added the reopening of schools...