‘Issue statement on no exams for PT3 students’

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 14 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Some schools have been found to be still conducting trial and final year examinations for PT3 students.

This is despite a video by the Examinations Syndicate requesting all school heads and administrators to stop these examinations for Form Three students, said National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan.

“This has also been publicised by the Education Ministry’s director-general and is the new narrative of (Malaysia’s) educational practice that does not want lower secondary (education) to be exam-oriented because PT3 is a component of the school-based assessment,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He also said teachers were confused about whether these trial and final year examinations were still allowed because there had been no clear directive from the ministry.

“Therefore, NUTP is requesting that the ministry issue a formal statement or circular so that all teachers are aware of the ministry’s stand (on the examinations),” he said.

This would prevent school heads and administrators from taking advantage of teachers in order to conduct their own informal “ranking” exercise among schools, he added.

He said having these examinations was an extra burden to teachers and students.

Tan also said the video stated that teachers would prepare their own examination questions according to the grade of the school from next year.

It is hoped that this would reduce the “comparison culture” and ultimately focus on student development and outcomes, he said.

The video can be found on NUTP’s Facebook page and the ministry’s EduwebTV YouTube channel, which was uploaded on June 25.

Teachers and parents have posted comments on it, with some also seeking a black-and-white directive on the matter.

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