Education Dept can expect much feedback on PT3 exam

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  • Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014

Huge relief: SMK St George students (from left) Shannen Leong, Joanne Ang Su Fern, Aina Syamimi Yusoff, Anis Afiqah Suhaimi and Rania Sim celebrating the 9As and 10As they achieved for the PT3 examination in George Town, Penang. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Education Department will be getting feedback from secondary schools over the Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) or Form Three Assessment results.

State Education, Information Entrepreneurial Development and Co-operative Committee chairman Md Jais Sarday said the feedback would then be forwarded to the Education Ministry for a review.

He urged parents to remain calm over their children’s results.

“It is unfair for parents to blame the exam system as many are still unfamiliar with the new approach,” he said here yesterday.

Md Jais admitted that he had been receiving calls from frustrated parents over their children’s results.

In Kuching, Sarawak Teachers’ Union president Jisin Nyud said it had a long list of feedback for the ministry.

Topping the list were more time and fewer distractions for teachers to mark the papers, said Jisin.

He also said students needed more in-class preparations on the higher order thinking skills (HOTs) questions.

Jisin said teachers should not be asked to attend courses and seminars during the marking process.

“Because of the HOTs questions, answers can be more subjective and teachers genuinely need more time to mark. They need to focus,” he added.

A senior teacher from Johor said the way the PT3 was marked meant that the “era of students scoring a string of As is over”.

“Before this, the complaint was that it was getting too easy to score As and everyone was overly obsessed with exam results.

“Now, the grading system has been fixed. For example, you need to score 80 marks and above to score an A, and you can’t escape that,” she said.

National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said the ministry should take the students’ complaints seriously.

“Don’t blame the teachers when they have tried their best to work with what they have,” he said.

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