CYBERJAYA: Parents’ fixation with As are making them neglect their children’s holistic achievements under the Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (PT3), said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
“It has become a culture across the board in our society to achieve (as many) As (as possible).
“When the PT3 results are announced, reports on all four assessments – physical, sports and co-curricular activities as well as a psychometric – are released, but no one looks at these assessments as everyone just wants to see how the child has performed in their academics,” Mahdzir told reporters yesterday after witnessing the signing of a note of understanding between the ministry and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit.
The two parties are looking to upgrade the ministry’s data centre into a Public Service Data Centre.
Mahdzir said the ministry would work towards improving communication with the public in fixing the public’s perception that only academics counts.
“This is the future of our education, where holistic assessments are carried out instead of having exams like in the past,” he said.
“Maybe we need to change the way the PT3 results slip look,” he said, adding that this was because the first slip a student receives is that of their academic assessment followed by the other three.
He said on Monday that PT3 was a holistic assessment of students based on continuous assessments by the school, which is responsible for the administration, marking of examination scripts and release of the results.
The minister also said that since PT3 was a school-based assessment, there would be no official results from the ministry and/or any government agencies.
“The results are announced by the schools,” he added.