Leaving behind exam-oriented system

Under the new education blueprint the approach will focus more on comprehensive assessment based on the banding system, where all students will be tutored to achieve the highest band which is Band 6.

AMONG the aims of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 launched by the Deputy Prime Minister recently is to end the exam-oriented system that has been in place for a long time.

The revised approach will focus more on the comprehensive assessment which will be based on the banding system ranging from Band 1 to Band 6. According to this system, all students will be tutored properly by the teachers to achieve the highest band which is Band 6.

Naturally, for those who are used to the old exam-oriented system, the new approach does not offer them satisfaction and certainty. There are still questions raised on how the new assessment method will really evaluate the academic performance of the students.

As academic achievement of the students will no longer be ranked in numbers and scores within a class, parents in particular are still in the dark on the real performance of their children. Living in a competitive age where everything is assessed through performance ranking, tangible assessment is, no doubt, of utmost concern to many.

Generally speaking, the exam-oriented education system is seen as having some drawbacks despite its benefits.

Such a system has produced students who will only focus on their studies at the last moment of the academic term and concentrate more on passing exams rather than understanding the subject.

The main concern is more on the outcome rather than the learning process.

The system has also forced teachers to struggle in completing syllabi before the exams at the expense of students’ understanding of the content of the subjects.

The emphasis, therefore, has shifted from understanding the lessons taught to mere rote learning or memorisation.

Although memorisation is still important in learning since it serves as raw materials for the process of thinking and understanding, the over-emphasis of this aspect especially in serving examination purposes will definitely not help in developing a better student.

by Dr Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran.

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