PUTRAJAYA: Teachers will have to follow the Education Ministry’s guidelines for grading Year One, Two and Three pupils when conducting classroom-based assessments, now that mid-term and final exams have been abolished.
Addressing parents’ concern over how the assessments would be carried out, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said pupils’ performance would not be solely based on teachers’ “subjective” view on them.
“It is not totally subjective. They will have to follow the template of the Performance Standard we have prepared.
“There will be Performance Standards for each subject and pupils will be graded from level one (weak understanding of subject) to level six (strong understanding of subject),” she told reporters during a briefing on the new evaluation system at the ministry here yesterday.
Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin on Wednesday announced the move to enable teachers to focus on character-building instead of exam preparations.
Teo said the new system would not increase teachers’ workload.
“All teachers have to do is key in the grade (one to six) and the system will generate remarks on each pupil’s understanding of each subject,” she added.
Besides written quizzes, teachers will also evaluate through observation and communication.
“Not all pupils are the same. Perhaps a pupil is a good leader but is not as academically inclined as others,” she said.
She said an overall individual report – inclusive of a pupil’s level of understanding on the subject and remarks – would be produced twice a year for parents to check on their progress.
“Parents can also request a detailed report for each subject if they want,” she said.
She said about 88% teachers knew and had been exposed to the new system.
“There are 7% (of teachers) who know about the assessment but have not been exposed to it yet, while 5% do not know about it,” Teo said.
To help teachers have a deeper understanding of the new system, Teo said the ministry would roll out a help desk next year besides conducting more training and mentoring sessions.
She said the new system did not mean that teachers could not give exams or assessments.
Instead, it gave teachers some “creative space” to set questions, as well as how and when it could be conducted during class, she said.
Teo also hoped the new system would get stronger support from parents and teachers.
“We want our children to learn in an innovative manner. We want them to take the initiative in learning. Therefore, we should stop emphasising too much on the final year exam.
“The world is a competitive place, but the pupils in Year One to Three are still very young and should not be subjected to pressure to fight for the top place in class,” she said.
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