PETALING JAYA: Teachers are still in the dark over how the new school-based assessment system is meant to replace Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) this year.
Suara Guru-Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM) working committee head Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said teachers were initially not told whether centralised examinations would still play a role in the new system.
“When school-based assessments were introduced three years ago, we were given the impression that there would be no centralised examinations.
“But now they are telling us that there will still be centralised tests set by the Education Ministry’s Examinations Syndicate.
“So, we are still not clear how all these different things tie in at the end of the day,” he said when contacted on Thursday.
On Thursday, Examinations Syndicate director Dr Na’imah Ishak reportedly said that the PMR would be continued but not in the form of a centralised examination.
Meanwhile, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the school-based assessment system should be put on hold until all its problems had been addressed.
The system was introduced in primary schools with Year One pupils in 2011 and in secondary schools with Form One students the following year.
Although initial reports implied that the PMR would be abolished and that the school-based assessment system was much more favourable, the ministry subsequently clarified that there would be some form of centralised assessments for Form Three students.
Education Ministry officials had yet to respond for comments at press time.