PBS PBS PBS......
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
Have a nice day...
The following comment came in this morning (29th March 2013) at 6.32am.
Thank you very much - whoever you are...