Groups: Stakeholders should have been consulted

PETALING JAYA: Stakeholders should have been consulted before the Education Ministry made its decision disallowing school forecast results when applying for pre-university programmes.

“Why didn’t they consult stakeholders before making this decision?” said Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin.

“They should have spoken to parents, students and teachers to get their views first.”

He added that he had two children in college now and had heard from them that the quality of students who entered the first intake in January was very high.

“These are the students that are goal-oriented and know what they want,” he said.

Mak, also the PTA chairman at SMK St Francis, added that students normally achieved a higher grade in the actual Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, when compared to their trial results.

Shamsudin Hamid, who founded the Association of Parents and Individuals towards Revising the Education System (Aspires), reiterated this sentiment.

“It’s a pity really because there is a fair number of students who want to continue their studies as quickly as possible,” he said.

He added that parents who had children sitting for the SPM this year would have already planned their finances and set aside money for their children to continue studying.

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said that her first thought was that the Education Ministry was questioning the integrity of its own teachers.

Forecast results are normally drawn up by teachers based on students’ trial exam results.

She added that even if the forecast results were inflated, private higher education institutions had their own quality control methods in place to maintain its standards.

by JEANNETTE GOON and ANN-MARIE KHOR.

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