Groups: Stakeholders should have been consulted

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  • Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014

PETALING JAYA: Stakeholders should have been consulted before the Education Ministry made its decision disallowing school forecast results when applying for pre-university programmes.

“Why didn’t they consult stakeholders before making this decision?” said Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin.

“They should have spoken to parents, students and teachers to get their views first.”

He added that he had two children in college now and had heard from them that the quality of students who entered the first intake in January was very high.

“These are the students that are goal-oriented and know what they want,” he said.

Mak, also the PTA chairman at SMK St Francis, added that students normally achieved a higher grade in the actual Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, when compared to their trial results.

Shamsudin Hamid, who founded the Association of Parents and Individuals towards Revising the Education System (Aspires), reiterated this sentiment.

“It’s a pity really because there is a fair number of students who want to continue their studies as quickly as possible,” he said.

He added that parents who had children sitting for the SPM this year would have already planned their finances and set aside money for their children to continue studying.

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said that her first thought was that the Education Ministry was questioning the integrity of its own teachers.

Forecast results are normally drawn up by teachers based on students’ trial exam results.

She added that even if the forecast results were inflated, private higher education institutions had their own quality control methods in place to maintain its standards.

A concerned parent from Petaling Jaya, who wished to be known as Mrs Teoh, said the decision was far too sudden and “we are pressed for time to come up with alternatives.”

“My husband and I have already planned and set aside our finances for our daughter to pursue her A-Levels in January as she is clear about wanting to read Law,” she said.

She said the January intake would allow her daughter a head start as she would complete her programme in one-and-a-half years before beginning her degree a month after that.

“Now, our only options would be to send her overseas where her forecast results would be accepted.

“Even though it will be expensive, we are willing to spend to save our daughter the time she would waste by enrolling in the later intakes,” she said, adding that she hoped the ministry would review its decision.

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