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NUTP urges MoE to review instructions for completing PdPR report

Friday, November 20th, 2020
NUTP has asked the Education Ministry (MoE) to review the policy for teaching and learning at home (PdPR) report due to the different struggles that both the teacher and student face during this pandemic. - NSTP/GHAZALI KORI.

NUTP has asked the Education Ministry (MoE) to review the policy for teaching and learning at home (PdPR) report due to the different struggles that both the teacher and student face during this pandemic. – NSTP/GHAZALI KORI.

KUALA LUMPUR The National Union of The Teaching Profession (NUTP) has asked the Education Ministry (MoE) to review the policy for teaching and learning at home (PdPR) report due to the different struggles that both the teacher and student face during this pandemic.

In a statement, the NUTP said teachers are required to complete the PdPR report on a daily basis using the links provided from Nov 17 until Dec 17 based on the notification letter issued by the MoE.

NUTP secretary general, Assocciate Lt. Col. Harry Tan Huat Hock said although the union was not completely against the directive, it urged for it to be reviewed due to problems faced by both teacher and student while they are going about the teaching and learning process at home.

“On Nov 18, we took an initiative and approached teachers to give their opinions and comments on the issue.

“One of the key points that were discussed based on feedback from teachers is that the MoE should focus on the main issues: internet accessibility, ability to purchase internet data and types of devices used.

“Teachers should be given the freedom to implement the PdPR because there is ample time for students to complete their daily homework. This is something which is not subjected to any 8am to 5pm regulation.

Tan said teachers are willing to receive their student’s homework at night as they understand the hardship that they have to go through.

“One of the difficulties that the teacher has to go through is when students are unable to submit their homework based on their deadline, which will hold up the reports that are needed to be submitted by the teachers.

“For example, there are students asking for permission if they can submit their homework at night due the father having to work and the unavailability of the mother, who needs to be at the clinic for dialysis.”

Tan added that overlapping reporting is not practical as teachers have to provide their reports to the school and fill out their online reporting.

“Our suggestion is for MoE to get the reports from the respective schools. The teachers have to fill in as many as 12 pages and the same thing needs to be filled in every day. It is burdensome to teachers who have a lot of classes on that day.

“The options in the reporting menu are also limited and confusing to teachers. They only fill in the report to meet the conditions which are far from what the actual target set by the MoE.”

He added that the NUTP urged Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin to look through all the necessities for the implementation of PdPR in the current education system.

By Irfan Izzuddin.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/11/642914/nutp-urges-moe-review-instructions-completing-pdpr-report

Setara ratings system must be continually enhanced

Monday, September 7th, 2020
With the implementation of Setara 2017, 74.55 per cent, or 71 out of 105 HEIs that participated in 2017, managed to achieve  ratings. Eligible HEIs can receive ratings between one and six stars — six stars being the best with its “outstanding” label. - NSTP file picWith the implementation of Setara 2017, 74.55 per cent, or 71 out of 105 HEIs that participated in 2017, managed to achieve ratings. Eligible HEIs can receive ratings between one and six stars — six stars being the best with its “outstanding” label. – NSTP file pic

THE Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said “the only constant in life is change”. He has proven himself right many a time. The most recent change we collectively experienced as a nation is in our daily practices of social distancing and sanitation due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We have also experienced a change in education, whereby conventional classes now largely take place online. Education is a field that is very much influenced by industry. To cater to the needs of the market, higher education institutions (HEIs) must be able to keep up with the times.

With 20 public and 437 private HEIs in the country to choose from, how does one decide which is most suitable?

It is inevitable for the public to form perceptions based on rankings and/or ratings. Setara, a rating system developed and introduced by the Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) in 2007, ensures that the standards of HEIs are based on autonomy, quality and institutional performance.The initial phase of assessment took place once every two years from 2007 to 2013. MoHE’s attunement to the winds of change led the 2015 assessment to be deferred to 2017.

During its hiatus, the instrument used for Setara was aligned with the Malaysian Education Blueprint (Higher Education) (MEB-HE) 2015-2025.

The new and improved Setara 2017 instrument comprised three core functions of HEIs, namely teaching, research and services.

It was designed to recognise the strength in diversity, as well as the strength in each core function of individual HEIs.

The instrument was designed largely based on available trusted third party data, such as MyMOHES, Scopus, QS and Webometrics. The assessment process also included a verification and validation process conducted by field audits.

Before the implementation of Setara 2017, the ministry engaged with relevant stakeholders to gather feedback. Many found the changes commendable. One stakeholder stated that “this version seems to be fair as long as the system is continually reviewed and stakeholders’ feedback is taken into consideration”.

Another stated that “the overall instrument is fair as it tries to differentiate the weightage based on different types of universities”.

With the implementation of Setara 2017, 74.55 per cent, or 71 out of 105 HEIs that participated in 2017, managed to achieve ratings. Eligible HEIs can receive ratings between one and six stars — six stars being the best with its “outstanding” label.

Among the HEIs that were rated six stars for Setara 2017 were Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, International Medical University and Monash University Malaysia.

Applying the same instrument last year, the number of participating HEIs increased from 105 to 111. From this, 86 met the requirements to continue to the auditing and assessment stage.

The audit was conducted by renowned certified auditors. The results of Setara 2019 will be announced in November.

Considering that Setara 2017 has been in application for only four years, continuous efforts are needed to ensure that it develops into a more robust and reliable tool to measure excellence.

Enhancement of the instrument will be required to meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of HEIs and industry.

Nevertheless, the merits of this rating should be acknowledged as it has its own strengths that are on a par with international rankings and ratings, such as the QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and more.

It is applicable to all irrespective of size and programme. The data is verified by external auditors and findings are coherent with global rankings.

It is a highly beneficial system as results from the assessments can assist in improving a particular HEI’s standard, as well as aid the ministry to derive policies and/or interventions.

The quality of Malaysia’s HEIs has been improving. The ministry and HEI management are fully aware that the only way for higher education to improve is to evolve with time.

By Professor Datuk Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/09/622428/setara-ratings-system-must-be-continually-enhanced

New system to tap creative, critical thinking among students

Friday, August 28th, 2020
Education  director-general Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim showing the Pentaksiran Kemasukan Murid ke Sekolah Khusus document in Putrajaya on Wednesday. -NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAHEducation director-general Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim showing the Pentaksiran Kemasukan Murid ke Sekolah Khusus document in Putrajaya on Wednesday. -NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

PUTRAJAYA: SOME 400,000 students are expected to apply for next year’s admission to boarding schools through the single entry point application system or Pentaksiran Kemasukan Murid ke Sekolah Khusus (PKSK).

Education director-general Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim said the assessment for the applications would be conducted through online and written tests.

She said the application system for admission of Form One and Form Four students was an enhancement to the single entry point which started two years ago, and that improvements were made by including the Writing Articulation which comprised 10 per cent of the overall assessment mark.

“This component aims to assess the students’ creativity and critical thinking. There is no right or wrong answer.”

The other two parts, she said, were Emotional Quotient, Spiritual Quotient and Social Skills Quotient or SSQ (20 per cent) and Intellectual Quotient, general knowledge and problem-solving (70 per cent), which used the multiple-choice questions format.

Applicants are given 90 minutes to finish the assessments.

She said the assessments for soft skills and intellectual quotient would be conducted online, while the written articulation test would be done in writing.

She said these assessments would apply to applicants for fully-residential Schools (SBP), National Religious Secondary Schools (SMKA), Technical Secondary Schools (SMT), Vocational Colleges (KV) and the Royal Military College (MTD). Maktab Rendah Sains Mara will still use its existing assessment system.

There are a total of 44,653 available placements for both Form 1 and Form 4 in these schools.

“The application for admission to these special schools involve SBP (Form 1 and Form 4), SMKA (Form 1 and Form 4), SMT (Form 4), KV (Year 1 Sijil Vokasional Malaysia – SVM), and MTD (Form 4),” she said, adding that PKSK served as the basic assessment while schools of the specific niches might conduct further evaluation on their applicants.

She said all applicants would sit for the assessments centrally at 555 designated assessment centres nationwide.

Online applications could be made from Sept 7 to Oct 2.

Applicants can start checking which assessment centres they have been assigned to from Oct 7 to Oct 23 for Form 1 and from Oct 12 to Nov 6 for Form 4.

Assessments will be held from Oct 12 to 23 for Form 1 and Oct 26 to Nov 6 for Form 4 and Year 1 SVM.

Applications for admission to Form 1 can be accessed through the link https//:spskt1.moe. gov.my and applications to Form 4 via https//:spskt4.moe.gov.my.

By Nuradzimmah Daim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/620169/new-system-tap-creative-critical-thinking-among-students

Education Ministry: UPSR, PT3 cancelled for 2020, don’t be taken in by offers of ’special exams’ online

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
PETALING JAYA: Parents and the public should only believe information from official websites, says the Education Ministry.

The ministry urged parents not to be easily fooled by bogus web pages and information after an online portal was discovered to be offering Ujian Pencapaian Sekokah Rendah (UPSR) and Form 3 Assessment (PT3) “exams” to students.

“We (the Ministry) announced on April 15 that the UPSR and PT3 for year 2020 have been officially cancelled.

“However, it emerged that an online portal has started offering ‘special’ UPSR and PT3 exams that students can sit for online in September and October.

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“These ‘special’ exams are not under the Examinations Syndicate’s jurisdiction and have nothing to do with us, ” the ministry said in a statement issued Wednesday (Aug 26).

It added that stern action has been taken against the parties involved in setting up the fake website as they have violated the Education Act 1996 (Act 550).

The ministry advised parents, especially those who have children in Year Six and Form Three, to refer to the ministry and the Examinations Syndicate’s official portal at http://www.moe.gov.my/ and http://lp.moe.gov.my/ to obtain accurate and authentic information.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/26/education-ministry-upsr-pt3-cancelled-for-2020-don039t-be-taken-in-by-offers-of-039special-exams-online

Revised A-Level grades to be released, will not be lower than those submitted by colleges

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), which posted this update on their website on Monday, announced that new grades would be issued as soon as possible. - (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), which posted this update on their website on Monday, announced that new grades would be issued as soon as possible. – (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR: The revised A-Level grades for the June 2020 batch of the examination candidates will not be lower than the grades submitted by their schools and colleges.

Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), which posted this update on their website on Monday, announced that new grades would be issued as soon as possible.

“We have decided that grades we issue for the June 2020 series will not be lower than the predicted grade submitted by the school. Where a grade we issued last week was higher than the predicted grade, the higher grade will stand.

“We will also share the new grades with universities and admissions organisations as soon as we can in the coming days,” it said.

It further said the new grades would be posted on Cambridge International Direct.

“It is important to us that Cambridge students can compete on an equal basis with students who have similar national or international qualifications, and that their hard work and achievements are compared fairly.

“We fully recognise the urgent and practical need to help Cambridge students progress with their education and their lives,” the post read.

CAIE said that schools can inform the students of the predicted grades submitted to the body, adding that the information was provided to the institutions on results day.

It also said that schools would be updated on the process today (Aug 19).

The update comes on the heels of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s and Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) apology over fiasco over the grades.

He also announced that the results in England would be based on teacher-based assessment.

The U-turn comes after days of turmoil triggered by the publication of the A-level results on Thursday, where nearly 40 per cent of predicted results were downgraded by the algorithm-based grading system adopted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some were marked down two or even three grades, causing many to lose their university places.

However the outcome was inevitable after Wales said it would revert to teacher assessments for A-levels, and Northern Ireland said it would do so for GCSEs, following a similar U-turn in Scotland last week.

Hundreds of students protested on the streets of London over the weekend, demonstrating outside the Department for Education. Others took their objections to the airwaves and social media to express their heartache.

Lawyers have also begun mulling the possibility of suing on behalf of affected teenagers and their parents.

Earlier, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation must “remove bias” and allow students to appeal directly if they believe their A-level grades had been unfairly reduced.

This was due to allegations of bias towards students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They reportedly fared the worst, while those from private learning institutions apparently benefited the most.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) deputy president Dr Pradeep Nair said that the association was grateful that the CAIE had listened to feedback on the grades.

“MAPCU is thankful that students who have already received offers into universities based on the predicted grades will now be able to begin their degree studies uninterrupted.”

“The CAIE promises to issue the new grades as soon as possible. This is a huge relief to students and parents.”

By Veena Babulal and Lim Xin Ying.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/617537/revised-level-grades-be-released-will-not-be-lower-those-submitted

Students urged to appeal their A- Level results

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
Students receiving their A-Level results in east London on Aug 13. -- Pix: AFP FILE PIX (Pic for representational purposes only)Students receiving their A-Level results in east London on Aug 13. — Pix: AFP FILE PIX (Pic for representational purposes only)

KUALA LUMPUR: Colleges offering A-Level should work together to appeal and have the grades reviewed on behalf of their students.

Educationist Professor Datuk Dr Noraini Idris said colleges must work together to correct the situation that saw many students disappointed with their A-Level results that were downgraded.

“They must appeal. Some parents have already started questioning why (the United Kingdom’s) Cambridge (Assessment International Education) did something like this.

“All these while, if you are good then you’re good. If you are average, then you are average, but not so rigorous like this,” she said when contacted.

She urged the Higher Education Ministry to intervene on this matter.

“Perhaps the ministry could help on behalf of the colleges,” she said adding it was crucial for the matter to be resolved properly.

“I have met some good students who had their results downgraded, they have become demoralised not only in terms of academic performance but also their self-confidence.

“Their parents have spent so much for their education and to have this happening when it was not their fault is demoralising,” she said.

She said the downgraded grade dashed many students’ dreams of entering their first choice university and course.

Noraini said she believed that the colleges had followed the standard operating procedures as outlined by Cambridge for the exam.

On Aug 11, the release of the Cambridge A-level results for the May/June session drew huge criticisms on the issue of equality in education, with many students had their results downgraded based on an algorithm-based grading system adopted in place of physical examinations.

Physical exams for A-levels this year were earlier scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other physical papers cancelled were Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS & A Level, Cambridge AICE Diploma, and Cambridge Pre-U.

By Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/616825/students-urged-appeal-their-level-results

Reschedule school exams if any candidate displays Covid-19 symptoms’

Saturday, July 11th, 2020
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If a candidate with Covid-19 symptoms is detected, the school must contact the district health office on the next course of action, and must also inform the candidate’s parents or guardian. - NSTP/File pic

If a candidate with Covid-19 symptoms is detected, the school must contact the district health office on the next course of action, and must also inform the candidate’s parents or guardian. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Teachers must reschedule examinations if any of their students develop symptoms of Covid-19, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister (Security Cluster) said teachers must also emphasise social distancing, good hygiene, and safety during the assessment process.

“The special Cabinet committee has agreed to the guidelines presented by the Education Ministry on assessment management.

“Among others, the guidelines include the need for school administrations to arrange for a central assessment schedule based on the examination calendar issued by the Education Ministry,” he said in his statement today.

Meanwhile, for public examinations, administrators must take into account the number of additional rooms needed during exams to practice social distancing.

Ismail added that if a candidate with Covid-19 symptoms is detected, the school must contact the district health office on the next course of action, and must also inform the candidate’s parents or guardian.

“The exam’s chief invigilator should ensure that all matters on conducting exams inside and outside of the examination centres must consider social distancing, good hygiene and safety,” he added.

By Hana Naz Harun.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607731/reschedule-school-exams-if-any-candidate-displays-covid-19-symptoms

Ensure students treated fairly

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

PARENTS are worried that the cancellation of the Semester 2 of the Matriculation Programme Examinations (PSPM) will affect STPM students’ chances of pursuing courses like medicine, engineering, accounting and other Science-based programmes.

The cancellation will affect the chances of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) students looking to get into these critical study programmes, said Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin, as there will be two sets of students competing for a place in the application of public university’s 2020/2021 intake.

“The 2019 STPM students must take three centralised examinations to pursue studies in public universities. The same batch of matriculation students have to sit for two.

“They’ve already sat for one exam but the other is being cancelled and replaced with only assessments and internal markings.

“This means that the PSPM students would only have sat for one centralised exam compared to the three STPM students would have to sit for,” he said.

Pointing out that the two different qualifying systems have resulted in an uneven playing field, he said the percentage of matriculation students given good courses and good universities has always been higher compared to STPM students.

Mak was commenting on the Education Ministry’s decision to cancel Semester 2 of the PSPM in light of the extended management control order (MCO).

The ministry said it decided to cancel the exam for the 2019/2020 session scheduled from April 27 to May 4 to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Aware that the results of PSPM would be used to apply for the 2020/2021 session intake in public universities, the ministry said results for Semester 2 examinations will be replaced by continuous assessments that have been carried out throughout the semester.

“This means that students’ final results will be calculated based on the combination of results from Semester 1 and assessments from Semester 2,” the ministry said in a recent statement. It added that the matriculation programme for session 2019/2020 ended on April 11.

Mak questioned if the matriculation students who were supposed to sit for the exam would be evaluated fairly in their assessments.

“Can it be guaranteed that the assessment of matriculation students will be done fairly?

“This is important as the students would not be sitting for the second exam.

“We must be just to the STPM students. Some of them even re-took papers to get better grades,” he said, adding that matriculation students also tend to get higher co-curricular marks – an important factor when applying to universities – compared to STPM students.

This, he said, is because matriculation students are marked at national level, whereas STPM students go through a district, state and national level marking system.

Hoping that some leeway could be given to STPM students, he said the ministry should allocate more seats for STPM holders with grades CGPA 3.9 and above.

“The universities should have qualifying tests for students to ensure that only those who are really qualified are eligible to secure a spot, irrespective of whether they came from the matriculation or STPM route.”

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, however, said the ministry’s decision was a fair approach.

“It is favourable for students who have been consistent in their work. It encourages consistency and penalises last minute work,” she said.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2020/04/26/ensure-students-treated-fairly

Admission interviews, tests start on April 29 for UPU post-SPM applicants

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
Decisions on the admission of SPM school graduates into certificate, foundation, matriculation, diploma and Bachelor of Education (PISMP) programmes are expected to be announced on June 3.Decisions on the admission of SPM school graduates into certificate, foundation, matriculation, diploma and Bachelor of Education (PISMP) programmes are expected to be announced on June 3.

KUALA LUMPUR: The screening of candidates who applied for places in post-SPM programmes at public tertiary education institutions via UPUOnline for the 2020/2021 academic session is set to begin next week.

Running from April 29 to May 20, the interviews or tests will be conducted by the respective public universities, teacher education institutes (IPGs), the Matriculation Division of the Education Ministry, the Department of Polytechnic and Community Colleges, as well as the skills training institutes (ILKAs).

Director of the Student Admission Division at the Higher Education Ministry, Wahi Nordin, stated that in view of the Covid-19 crisis, the institutions are free to choose the methods of conducting interviews or tests – whether face-to-face, online, via YouTube, video, or other appropriate ways to ensure that they obtain the best candidates who qualify for the programmes.

“Part of the student selection process – undergoing the interviews or tests – is a condition of admission to specific programmes as determined by the university or institution’s senate,” he said.

Decisions on the admission of SPM school graduates into certificate, foundation, matriculation, diploma and Bachelor of Education (PISMP) programmes are expected to be announced on June 3.

For STPM certificate holders and those of equivalent qualifications, interviews and admission exams for relevant programmes will be conducted by public universities from June 1 to July 21.

“Post-foundation and matriculation candidates can update their programme selections in Phase 2, from July 20 to 24. Diploma or equivalent qualification holders can upload required documents within the same period,” said Wahi.

Selection results for STPM or equivalent applicants for admission into bachelor degree programmes at public universities are expected to be announced on Aug 18.

All application results will be announced through the http://upu.mohe.gov.my portal and UPUPocket, which is a mobile application that can be downloaded on mobile devices. The status of applications and appeal decisions can also be checked via UPUPocket.

The UPUOnline application to public tertiary education institutions closed on April 17.

Managed by the Central University Admission Division at the Higher Education Ministry, the UPUOnline deadline was extended from March 31 for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) school leavers and April 7 for Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) certificate holders and those with equivalent qualifications.

This was to allow students ample time to submit their applications amid the enforcement of the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO).

By Rozana Sani.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2020/04/586815/admission-interviews-tests-start-april-29-upu-post-spm-applicants

Parents: No exams but learning continues for their children

Friday, April 17th, 2020
With the cancellation of public examinations announced yesterday, parents are making sure that children’s learning still continues during the MCO. – NSTP/File pic
With the cancellation of public examinations announced yesterday, parents are making sure that children’s learning still continues during the MCO. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: With the cancellation of public examinations announced yesterday, parents are making sure that children’s learning still continues during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

A parent of Year Six student, Rosniami Ismail said: “I want my son to keep his momentum in studying because he will still be entering secondary school next year.

“He needs to strengthen his basic understanding in all subjects to advance to Form One, with or without Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).

“I’m sure the new assessment will include examinations at school level. That is why I am sticking with my original plan to ensure that the learning process does not stop for my son.

“During the MCO, I did my own monitoring of my son’s homework tasked by his teachers via Google Classroom or WhatsApp. I make sure that the homework is properly filed for submission once school is reopened.

“Not much will change, he will still be revising and doing exercises for all subjects, as well as going to home tuition for Mathematics and Science.

“As for Bahasa Melayu and English, he needs to do a lot of exercises for his vocabulary and grammar. I also make sure he reads samples of essays from Berita Harian’s Didik and get him to copy the model answer to improve his writing,” she said.

Another parent, Muhammed Hafiz Abdullah said he was shocked upon the announcement of cancellation of public examinations. Having a 12-year-old son himself, he said this is the time where parents need to step up and do as much to monitor their children’s progress in studying.

“I believe that there is a silver lining behind the situation that we are facing. I am currently working from home hence, it is my responsibility to be involved with my son’s education to ensure that the learning process is on going despite school’s closure and cancellation of UPSR.

“Me and my wife constantly communicate with teachers asking if there is any homework or assessment that my son needs to complete. Then we will allocate time for him to carry out his tasks and provide guidance if needed.

“In our country, we have been talking about abolishing public examinations and moving away from exam-oriented learning.

“Now that the situation calls for it, we are forced to think out of the box and carry on with it. The way I see it, it’s a blessing in disguise,” Muhammed Hafiz commented.

Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Tunku headmaster and Science teacher Khairul Anuar Abdul Azid said even though UPSR is called off, that doesn’t mean teaching and learning should stop.

School-based assessments will still be carried out and it is important to keep students motivated, he added.

“The MCO has opened up opportunities for teachers and students to discover various learning platforms. I utilised Google Forms application in coming out with quizzes. It is convenient to organise and analyse the answers submitted by students using the application’s features. I can easily identify which areas need improvements.

“The quiz could be one of the alternative assessments, since there will be no UPSR.

“Parents have mixed feelings about the news. I could say that most of them are on board with the way we are carrying out our lessons now. Online learning is currently taking place without major disruptions.”

He added that all 84 teachers in the school are committed to ensuring that students are not left behind in their studies during the MCO.

Yesterday, Education Ministry announced the cancellation of Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for Year 6 pupils and Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (PT3) for Form 3 students for this year.

By Murniati Abu Karim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2020/04/584968/parents-no-exams-learning-continues-their-children