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Ten schools to join student e-portfolio trial run next year


PETALING JAYA: E-portfolios, used to track student’s learning progress, will be introduced in 10 pilot secondary schools from next year.

The e-portfolio is the core of Genosis – a project by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) through Genovasi Foundation – and in partnership with the Education Ministry.

AIM CEO Naser Jaafar said the digital portfolio was not meant to replace existing assessments.

“Comprising student, peer, parent and teacher-selected learning artefacts, it’s a formative and summative assessment mechanism that tracks key learning of students,” he said, adding that this could add to a student’s final certification.

Designed by AIM, Genosis is an integrated framework for teaching and learning.

It promotes conceptual learning, weaving global concepts, trends, skills and 21st century interdisciplinary themes into key subjects.

Naser said Genosis was a unique model student development.

“It will nurture and develop intellectual capital for wealth creation, equip Malaysia’s next generation with the ability to think critically and creatively, create a seamless creative pipeline for future innovations and elevate the standards of education to prepare students for life in the 21st century,” he said.

The Genosis project will start with Form One classes in the 10 pilot schools – SMK Sultan Sala­huddin Abdul Aziz Shah, SMK SS17 Subang Jaya, SMK Sungai Burong and SMK Pengkalan Permatang (Selangor); SMK Bandar Baru Sri Sendayan and SMK Warisan Puteri (Negri Sembilan); SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1) and SMK Putrajaya Presint 18 (1) (Putrajaya); and SMK Keramat Wangsa and SMK Puteri Ampang (Kuala Lumpur).

A total of 38 master trainers, comprising teachers, Institute of Tea­cher Education (IPG) lecturers and school improvement specialists from district education offices will train 270 teachers for the purpose.

“The emphasis is on hands-on training,” said Naser.

National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Harry Tan said they would resist projects that needed more documentation work.

“No one from the Education Ministry is taking away our redundant work,” he claimed.

Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin said the digital portfolio was good for future implementation, but not now.

“Not all schools have Internet and the proper infrastructure,” he said.

Mak said parents and teachers had also only just digested the School-Based Assessment (PBS) and Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (Form Three Assessment or PT3).

“Now there’s another assessment. Pity the pilot schools. It will mean more work,” he said.

   

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