SEREMBAN: To check the problem of students skipping school after year-end examinations deputy education minister Datuk Noh Omar suggest that exams be held in the last weeks of the school year.
This, he said, was to give no chance to students to absent themselves from school.
“Now, it is finished three weeks before the holidays, teachers are doing up the report cards and students are asked to do their own work. That is why many do not go to school,” he said in his speech on Wednesday at the National Excellent Teachers Conference 2006.
“We need to think of solutions. For me, examinations should be held during the last week of schooling and the teachers mark the papers during the school holidays.”
Later, during a press conference, he said that the suggestion was his personal recommendation adding that the Education Ministry was considering other suggestions.
He also said that the ministry was conducting a study on the problem.
“The study is only related to the year-end exams. We have issued a circular to the schools to organise activities and give comprehensive reports on the UPSR and PMR exams.”
He said that something had to be done because there were many complaints from parents about the problem and it had been brought up at Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.
He added that this “phenomenon” indicated that students attended schools only for exams and showed how exam-oriented the system was.
He also reminded teachers who were ranked excellent to maintain their performance as agents of change in school besides being role models for other teachers.
Noh also encouraged those who had seven years of service and who were qualified to apply for the posts as there were only 1,800 such teachers although 8,000 posts were available.