TVET Students’ Perception towards Online Distance Learning (ODL) during Pandemic COVID-19: Mental Health Perspective

  • Wan Nurlisa Wan Ahmad Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Sultan Idris Education University, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA
  • Alea Aqilah Idrus Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Sultan Idris Education University, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA
Keywords: COVID-19, TVET, online distance learning, mental health, students


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the education sector, primarily in vocational education. The pressure for practical assessment solutions of TVET students during a pandemic is the biggest challenge. Social change conditions significantly contribute to increased health problems, including mental and psychological illnesses such as mental disorders. This study aimed to identify the frequency of mental health, TVET students' perceptions and the relationship to online learning perceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The design of this study is quantitative survey research. Data was collected through a questionnaire form created on Google Form consisting of 41 questions. The questionnaire used a DASS-21 scale for the 21-item depression, anxiety, stress item and a Likert scale for students’ perceptions of online learning. The total sample of respondents was 152 TVET students, with a response rate of 60.3%. This study was analyzed using Statistical Package for the social sciences (SPSS) version 23.0 to calculate the frequency, mean, percentage, standard deviation, t-test correlation and ANOVA test. The study results showed the frequency of mental health of TVET students at the level of disagreement (M = 1.05). The highest frequency of DASS-21 is Depression (M = 10.9). Respondents agreed (M = 3.51) that students' perceptions of online learning affected them. The highest frequency of online perception learning is factor three (M = 3.63), and the lowest frequency is factor two (M = 3.30). Finally, the study results found that a correlation analysis had no direct positive relationship (r = .177) between mental health and perceptions of online learning during the COVID -19 pandemic. Therefore, there is a need to consider educational policies towards a new norm in education to improve the mental health and perceptions of TVET students towards online distance learning.


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How to Cite
Wan Ahmad, W. N., & Idrus, A. A. (2021). TVET Students’ Perception towards Online Distance Learning (ODL) during Pandemic COVID-19: Mental Health Perspective. Evaluation Studies in Social Sciences, 10, 64-70.