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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

PBS system confuses Teachers??

PBS PBS PBS......

Being a teacher, you have to follow what the Education Ministry tells you what to do... As easy as that...
In 2003, it was the PPSMI (Teaching of Science and Maths in English) policy. Then in 2011 (or rather 2009), it was back to PPSMM (Teaching of Science and Maths in Malay). In 2009, there was this new policy called MBMMBI (Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the English Language) implemented - something contradict to the abolition of the PPSMI.
Now, it's the PBS (Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah/School Based Assessment) policy, implemented in 2012. The PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah/Lower Secondary Assessment) public exam will be abolished in 2014. In short - no more public exam for the Form 3's beginning next year.

The public goes "crazy" these few months. Parents complaining, teachers grumbling... Just like this comment in the local newspaper today. There were more before, but this one strikes me.

This one came out in the The Star today:

PBS system confuses teachers...
TEACHERS are still confused over the School-Based Assessment or Pentaksiran Berasas­kan Sekolah (PBS) while students have become the victims.
The idea of the PBS is good and there are successful examples abroad. However, why is it a problem for us?
Even education officers and school heads are confused since the implementation of PBS, not to mention teachers and students. They wonder whether school examinations should be retained.
Therefore, different practices can be found in different schools.
Some have abolished the monthly tests and end-of-term examinations, some have retained internal end-of-term examinations while others retain the end-of-year examinations.
The abolition of examinations is one thing but the bigger problem is the workload has been greatly increased due to inadequate training, vague instructions and burdensome paperwork.
Under the PBS, teachers cannot concentrate on teaching and, as a result, they do things gingerly and are worried about the outcome.
All education reforms should be student-centred. Unfortunately, the lack of promotion and preparation has caused students to lose the goal of studying hard once they are not required to sit for examinations.
Initially, the PBS should stress on the process of learning.
Various deviations in enforcement, however, have caused teachers to fail to cope with the system and, as a result, the quality of teaching has dropped.
Also, as they no longer face examination pressure along the learning process, students have lost the driving force to study and their enthusiasm in learning has also declined.
Education reforms are always composed by a few experts and hastily finalised by the Education Ministry.
They seem to have been simply changing the policy without giving teachers, who are directly involved, an opportunity to participate or even express their views.
Instead, they can only obediently follow the instructions given by the authorities.
No matter how we change it, it will always involve teachers and students.
If all reforms bring only suffering to teachers and cause regression instead of improvement to students, it is better not to change than to change it blindly.
JACK WONG KIN TUNG
Ipoh

Have a nice day...

p/s
The following comment came in this morning (29th March 2013) at 6.32am.
Thank you very much - whoever you are...
Anonymous said...
The recent Hu-Ha with the PBS implementation has bring more complications to Malaysian Education System. Disregarding the PMR and replacing it with the PBS system doesn't look very promising and result driven.

Why PBS is a failure

There is no feedback loop for the poor students. Even with the enrichment class, what are the methodology to help them? Can the school downgrade students from Form 3 back to Form 1? If we compare the IGCSE program in British Curriculum, you can downgrade a student and delay the O Level examination. Can we do that in Malaysia ?
If we mention about Holistic education, why not introduce skill class such as cooking class, hair stylist, plumbing course and etc to students who does not do well in education so that these future generations can still contribute to the nation building
Ok!!!! about documentation. Some teachers are not happy with tons workload with the PBS system. They are not happy with it. If the teachers are not happy, can they perform?
PMR abolished!!! How are you going to streamline the students? And i have even heard about abolishing UPSR!!! My God !!! For those politicians and university lecturers who suggest this move, Please spend at least 1 year teaching in primary school! Do not pass down policy while you are not in field work..

There is no point whining about this because, it has been implemented. Sad to say.... we are digging the grave for our future generations.

BUT, MOE has been around for ages! They have offices at district and state level. The Minister is DPM! Have two deputy ministers! How long want to give same reasons? You should have learnt from previous mistakes. Where’s the change management plan? Where’s the test case/pilot project? Where’s the guideline and follow-up visits/audits? Why this confusion? Is the pekeliling (circular) clear? Are our administrator having comprehension problems? Or are Little Napoleons roaming around making their own rules?

I also heard this-> Some parents said they have no idea how their kids are doing at school because there’s no report card or exam papers given to them.

Is this going to be (yet) another failure of our MOE?

As an aside, was talking to a parent of a Form Six student. He said don’t even have textbook, and already entered 2nd semester. Yeah, go and bang your head somewhere. We suffer because of others’ foolishness.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The recent Hu-Ha with the PBS implementation has bring more complications to Malaysian Education System. Disregarding the PMR and replacing it with the PBS system doesn't look very promising and result driven.

Why PBS is a failure

There is no feedback loop for the poor students. Even with the enrichment class, what are the methodology to help them? Can the school downgrade students from Form 3 back to Form 1? If we compare the IGCSE program in British Curriculum, you can downgrade a student and delay the O Level examination. Can we do that in Malaysia ?
If we mention about Holistic education, why not introduce skill class such as cooking class, hair stylist, plumbing course and etc to students who does not do well in education so that these future generations can still contribute to the nation building
Ok!!!! about documentation. Some teachers are not happy with tons workload with the PBS system. They are not happy with it. If the teachers are not happy, can they perform?
PMR abolished!!! How are you going to streamline the students? And i have even heard about abolishing UPSR!!! My God !!! For those politicians and university lecturers who suggest this move, Please spend at least 1 year teaching in primary school! Do not pass down policy while you are not in field work..

There is no point whining about this because, it has been implemented. Sad to say.... we are digging the grave for our future generations.

BUT, MOE has been around for ages! They have offices at district and state level. The Minister is DPM! Have two deputy ministers! How long want to give same reasons? You should have learnt from previous mistakes. Where’s the change management plan? Where’s the test case/pilot project? Where’s the guideline and follow-up visits/audits? Why this confusion? Is the pekeliling (circular) clear? Are our administrator having comprehension problems? Or are Little Napoleons roaming around making their own rules?

I also heard this-> Some parents said they have no idea how their kids are doing at school because there’s no report card or exam papers given to them.

Is this going to be (yet) another failure of our MOE?

As an aside, was talking to a parent of a Form Six student. He said don’t even have textbook, and already entered 2nd semester. Yeah, go and bang your head somewhere. We suffer because of others’ foolishness.

DESS said...

Thank you for your lengthy constructive comments. I really, really appreciate it.
I'm making it PUBLIC in my post.
Thanks again...

Anonymous said...

Our DPM promised that those under PPSMI will complete their education in DWI-Bahasa.

On 30-7-2013, Lembaga Peperiksaan conducted Science and Maths Exam for Form 1 in BM only!!

It's clear that DPM is NOT trustworthy....or his ministry is not aware of what he has promised the Public.

I am sure there are EXCUSES and EXCUSES.

As for now, can we trust MOE and our DPM?

Dhanush said...

Im my opinion, MATHS and SCIENCE better students learn in english. Because the most of MALAY science words copied from ENGLISH words..

DESS said...

Yes. I agree..

DESS said...

Yes. I agree..

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