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EDUCATION: Review assessment system

Thursday, January 03, 2013

By Sarala Poobalan, Kuala Lumpur | letters@nstp.com.my

NATIONAL Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan has admitted that with the introduction of the new school-based assessment (PBS) system, children are learning less.

We are not ready for the Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) system. Our education system is lagging behind. This has been proven in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) scores. Students, teachers, parents and the nation are suffering. We need to wake up and face reality.

TIMSS scores reflect the standard for Maths and Science. If we have scores for other subjects in schools, where would we stand?

We need to look at where we have gone wrong in our syllabus. In the PBS syllabus, there are 10 topics that a teacher is required to cover for the year but only five topics are picked for assessments.

If I am a teacher teaching PBS, I will teach only five topics. Why? The paperwork involved in the current system is a nightmare for the teacher. Like every other system introduced, the children become the scapegoats and suffer.

Students are bored, especially when they have to do the same paper over and over until the whole class gets it right.

While a lot has been said about rote learning, I feel it has its plus points. It teaches a student to be disciplined and organised in his work. It also helps teachers and parents help their children in areas where they are weak.

When our country has achieved a level of competence in the education field, then only should we introduce this system.

The Education Blueprint was launched to revamp the system. However, the real area we need to revamp is teaching methods.

The syllabus for the teacher training college must be revamped before any introduction of a new system is launched for the children.

Teachers must go back to what they are supposed to do — teach. If they spend most of their time doing paperwork for administrative purposes, then will they have the time to prepare what to teach the children?

We should do away with multiple choice questions, specially for language papers. This will allow the children to express themselves better and pave the way to encourage children to read.

We have to teach our children to fish and not fish for them. If the education system is constantly lowered to cater to the weak, then the nation will go nowhere.

If the government can recognise Chinese and Tamil as a language used for the mode of education, then, English should be given the same treatment.

There is nothing in the Constitution or the Education Act that says we cannot have English schools.

All we parents are asking is for the choice. The reality in today’s world is English is the language of global communication.

.We have to teach our children to fish and not fish for them.

Read more: EDUCATION: Review assessment system – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-review-assessment-system-1.195077?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwa%3Fpage%3D0%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2Gs5lNMQX

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Schools appear in top form

Thursday, January 03, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The new school term looked promising for the 425,665 children nationwide who started their primary schooling yesterday.

The number of students this year, however, is slightly lower in comparison with the 449,475 students who entered Year One last year.

Overall, enrollment in schools throughout the country proceeded smoothly, with no reports of lacking or unsatisfactory amenities for students, with the exception of schools in flood hit states.

“Things have been under control and although there were few schools which had initially faced problems with the lack of school textbook supplies, the issue has been resolved swiftly in time for the commencement of the new academic session,” National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) president, Associate Prof Datuk Mohamad Ali Hassan said.

In ensuring that parents and guardians of students have enough resources to fulfill the needs of their children, especially in the first two months of the schooling session, Mohamad Ali also urged schools to defer from collecting fees for its respective Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) till the end of February.

“They may start collecting from March onwards to help ease the burden on parents.”

Mohamad Ali also suggested that schools which were forced to shut down owing to floods to organise supplementary classes.

“This is to make up for the lost hours, as well as to enable students affected by the floods to keep up with their peers in other states.”

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan also welcomes the suggestion to hold extra classes for students of affected schools.

However, he said that proper planning should be done to ensure that teachers are not burdened with workload.

Hashim said that since the schools reopened, no complaints or grouses from teachers have been recorded, indicating a good start to the academic year.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairperson, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, also expressed her satisfaction in the smooth flow of the new schooling system.

“I believe things will get better, especially with the unveiling of the new Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which promises to revamp the education system.”

Read more: Schools appear in top form – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/schools-appear-in-top-form-1.195266#ixzz2Gs4H9ho2

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Education Department sets up task forces to address schooling-related issues

Tuesday January 1, 2013



KUCHING: The state Education Department will focus on the theme “Terus Menjulang Sarawak” (Keep Uplifting Sarawak) this year.

In line with this, it has set up task forces at departmental level and in all district education offices to address schooling-related issues.

“This will be done by identifying, preventing and overcoming issues which crop up before the new school session starts, based on the ePerludata and monitoring system.

“The Touch Point concept of one desk, one chair and one set of textbooks per student will also continue to be given priority to ensure that all basic needs are ready on the first day of school,” state education director Abdillah Adam said in a statement yesterday.

He said the department was committed to implementing the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sept 11.

The blueprint aims to transform education by emphasising the quality of teaching and learning and to produce knowledgeable students who can think critically, communicate effectively and have ethical values.

“We have come up with proactive steps to support this policy. The blueprint’s aims have been spread to all district education officers while briefings will continue to be held,” he said.

On curriculum, Abdillah said primary schools would continue to use the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR), which was introduced in 2011, up to Year Three this year, while preschools would use the Kurikulum Standard Prasekolah Kebangsaan (KSPK).

“Children aged five and six are targeted for the KSPK programme, which focuses on socio-emotional, spiritual, physical, cognitive and character development as well as preparation for primary school,” he said.

He added that SMK St Teresa here had been selected as the state’s pioneer school for all subjects under the new Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM), which is set to be introduced in secondary schools nationwide starting 2014.

“We hope SMK St Teresa will become the main reference school for the implementation of the KSSM in Sarawak,” he said.

Abdillah also said the department would continue its Omnipresence programme, which was introduced last year, to enhance safety by having police and Rela personnel on duty in schools at selected times.

This programme is currently implemented in 23 schools.

Meanwhile, championships in 24 sports will be held from February to April to select athletes who will represent Sarawak School Sports Council (MSS Sarawak) at national-level competitions to be held between March and June.

Potential athletes in sports such as football, athletics, sepak takraw and netball can apply to join the special programme at SMK Tabuan Jaya, the state’s sports school.

Abdillah said the department would also host several national-level programmes, including the Parliament-style Bahasa Melayu debate competition and Malaysian School Sports Council (MSSM) tennis championship.

On the new school-based assessment system, he said training programmes would be held for main trainers and teachers for Year Four and Form Three subjects.

“We have identified a primary school and a secondary school in each district to be model schools for the system. The model schools will serve as a benchmark for other schools in the district in terms of giving advice and guidance,” he said.

For more information, students, parents and the public can go to the department’s website at http://www.moe.gov.my/jpnsarawak.

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Sistem pendidikan baharu

31 Disember 2012, Isnin

11 Sept. – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak melancarkan Laporan Awal Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia (PPP) 2013-2025 yang menggariskan 11 anjakan strategik dan operasi untuk mengubah sistem pendidikan negara.

KEMENTERIAN Pelajaran mengorak pelbagai program memperkasakan pendidikan sebaik sahaja membuka tirai 2012 dengan mengerakkan Pelan Transformasi Pendidikan Vokasional dengan matlamat memberikan wajah baharu dan impak yang lebih berkesan terhadap keupayaan bidang vokasional.

Bertitik-tolak dengan itu, program memperkasakan bidang pendidikan terus digarap dengan kemuncaknya melalui pelancaran Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia (PPP) 2013-2025 yang menggariskan 11 anjakan strategik dan operasi bagi mengubah sistem tersebut.

Lima aspek utama yang disasarkan dalam PPP adalah akses, kualiti, ekuiti, perpaduan dan kecekapan.

Pelan itu turut menyasarkan sifat-sifat pengetahuan, kemahiran berfikir, kemahiran memimpin, kemahiran dwibahasa, beretika dan beragama, serta beridentiti kebangsaan dalam pembangunan para pelajar bagi membolehkan mereka bersaing di peringkat global.

Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi juga tidak ketinggalan mempelbagaikan skop program demi meningkatkan keupayaan mahasiswa dan institusi pengajian tinggi sama ada melalui usahasama pendidikan antara universiti atau memorandum persefahaman melibatkan korporat tempatan serta antarabangsa.

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Pendidikan/20121231/pe_01/Sistem-pendidikan-baharu#ixzz2GmBStuHx
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Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia ke Kabinet bulan depan

29 Disember 2012, Sabtu

PUTRAJAYA 28 Dis. – Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2025 yang kini di peringkat akhir akan dibentangkan kepada Kabinet dan Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu pada bulan hadapan.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, pelan komprehensif itu telah mengambil kira pandangan dan cadangan semua pihak yang berkepentingan dengan industri pendidikan negara.

“Semua laporan yang diterima sudah diambil kira dan tidak ada pihak yang terkecuali. Jadi, laporan ini agak komprehensif dan lengkap.

“Tetapi apa yang penting adalah kita akan mulakan pelaksanaan pelan itu tahun depan dengan memberi tumpuan kepada perkara yang telah ditetapkan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas menyampaikan amanat di Majlis Interaksi Timbalan Perdana Menteri Bersama Pegawai Tadbir dan Diplomatik (PTD) Muda, di sini hari ini.

Pada September lalu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah melancarkan Laporan Awal Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2025 yang menggariskan 11 anjakan strategik dan operasi untuk menambah baik sistem pendidikan negara.

Laporan awal itu memaparkan visi menyediakan sebuah sistem pendidikan dan menghasilkan pelajar yang diperlukan negara di samping langkah-langkah penambahbaikan untuk mencapai sasaran tersebut.

Ditanya mengenai tuntutan Persekutuan Persatuan-Persatuan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah Cina Malaysia (Dong Zong), Muhyiddin berkata, pihaknya tidak mungkin boleh memuaskan hati semua pihak.

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20121229/dn_03/Pelan-Pembangunan-Pendidikan-Malaysia-ke-Kabinet-bulan-depan#ixzz2Gm87K8di
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PBS system worrying

Tuesday December 25, 2012


I AM a parent of a Form One child. Last year, my son got 5A’s in the UPSR exam and being in a streamed secondary school, he is now in the first class with those with the same results as him.

The Education Ministry started the PBS (Penilaian Berasaskan Sekolah) early this year and parents were briefed on the process of teaching and learning using the PBS.

Students will be assessed from time to time for all subjects and will be given grades according to Band One to Band Six throughout the year.

I was told that students in Form One will not be sitting for any exams up to Form Three. The problem is, parents need to know his or her child’s progress in school.

Under the old system, parents would be called to the school at least twice a year, after the mid-year exam and also after the final exam.

Parents of children in the other forms can check their children’s progress through the SAPS but not the Form One students.

Having no year-end exam under the PBS system has made many of the children unproductive and the PBS has created a non-challenging environment among them.

I am not against the PBS system, but can we do away with having no exams at all?

I thought the PBS system is an ongoing process where the children will be graded into the bands after each topic or each syllabus has been completed and the grades will be accumulated into 60% of the child’s performance for the year.The other 40% would be taken from the exams in school. This way, no child will be left out.

I checked out a few schools and to my dismay, some schools

are having exams just like before and some schools, as I was told, are following the directive of the ministry and there are no exams for Form One.

I asked a senior assistant in a school and he said that if they had the exams it meant they were not following the ministry’s orders. This means that the school is going against the ministry’s directive.

I just wonder how the system is like in Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) – fully residential schools – or in MRSM; I bet they have their own exams unlike the children in government schools.

Most international schools have the system that I have mentioned.

I understand that the Education Ministry is coming up with many plans under the Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia (PPPM).

Upon checking my son’s schoolwork, I found there was no homework and there were not many exercises done in class.

I understand that teachers spend a lot of time doing the PBS exercises in class and updating the student’s grades, the grades which are unknown to the parents.

What is the rationale of not having a standardised exam but giving students a standardised set of PBS worksheet/tests/quiz, and so forth.

If a good student can complete a task easily and the other students can’t, then they are given time to complete the work.

What then will happen to the good student?

Is he or she allowed to go to the next band?

I can’t imagine they are going to be in this situation for two more years up till Form Three.

Principals and teachers could not explain what is to become of Form One students when they are in Form Three, when there will be no exams.

If there is no PMR, how would the students be chosen for SBP or MRSM.

How are the students being streamed into Science, Arts or Technical classes?

There are so many unanswered questions.

But in the meantime, please have the 60% and 40% system as the good students need to explore their potential and the slower ones will not be left out.



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Be quick to decide on issues

Sunday December 23, 2012



THE MALAYSIA Education Blueprint may provide solutions and the answers to matters pertaining to our education system but there are some outstanding issues that need serious and urgent attention.

·Level of BM and English Language (EL) in national type schools

There is a difference in the way Bahasa Malaysia (BM) and the English Language is taught to primary level pupils in national type schools (SJK) compared to other national schools (SK).

I was definitely taken aback. Since pupils in SJK schools will eventually go to national secondary schools and learn the same syllabus as their SK peers, why are these children being discriminated and deprived of what they should learn in primary school?

Are we assuming national type school students are incapable of absorbing what their friends of the same age in national schools are learning?

·New syllabus without textbooks

A new English Language syllabus was introduced in 2010. However, there were no textbooks published or released to go with the new syllabus. Is it not ironic that textbooks have yet to be printed?

When a new syllabus is introduced for government schools, we need a standard reference that is put together in a textbook as it facilitates classroom teaching and learning. Although we are in the digital era, we still need textbooks. Textbooks serve as a guide for teachers to plan and execute lessons.

·Standardised vocabulary list

Many pupils are not interested in reading neither are they interested in building their vocabulary.

Most primary school pupils move on to secondary school not knowing the meanings of simple words, idioms and proverbs. What may seem simple to some children may seem difficult to another. So much time is wasted in just translating words before comprehending a text.

If the national curriculum could provide standardised lists from primary to secondary levels for both Bahasa Malaysia and the English Language, it will certainly be a boost for the students, teachers and parents.

·Thinking skills in English Language

Language learning at present involves mainly four major skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. What is lacking during English Language lessons is the learning of thinking skills.

Since children these days are exposed to all kinds of reading and learning materials from a young age, introducing thinking skills from primary level will be to their advantage.

Thinking skills involves reasoning, problem-solving, analysing, evaluating and decision-making. Initially when students were learning Science and Mathematics in English, there were elements of thinking skills incorporated into the system.

English Language teaching at present needs to incorporate more knowledge-based context. and the subject (English language) itself should evolve from its linguistic form into a purposeful and meaningful form. This will encourage students to start thinking in English.

I think the above issues need to be given more attention as such improvments would indeed make our education system a better one.

S. SHARMINI Johor Baru