Students in Standard One, Two and Three are in luck!
The Minister of Education, YB Dr Maszlee Malik, just announced that exams for lower primary school students will be repealed next year! Instead, the exams will be replaced with more objective assessments.
Peperiksaan bagi murid Tahap 1 (tahun 1, 2 dan 3) akan dimansuhkan dan akan digantikan dengan pentaksiran yang lebih objektif bermula 2019.
— Maszlee Malik (@maszlee) October 31, 2018
Following the tweet, members of the public took to social media to share their joy about the ruling, believing that it’ll take some weight off the young students’ shoulders.
Langkah positif ke arah menghilangkan beban peperiksaan.. Namun, harap penilaian objektif yg bakal dilaksanakan jangan menjadi beban pula kepada para guru yg menghadapi masalah peningkatan "paper work" seperti di Tingkatan 1,2,3 ke arah PT3.
— Boo Soon Yew (@BooSoonYew67) October 31, 2018
Sounds good! Please incorporate creativity in their learning as well. Also for learning science, focus shouldn’t be on the scientific terms yet. Have the kids go out and enjoy nature as part of learning science. But pls keep the Dual Language Program (DLP). All the best!
— driz (@izyanizulkifli) October 31, 2018
Tahniah Dr Maszlee, idea yg melangkaui zaman, 100% setuju
— sulj (@lemano88) October 31, 2018
Setuju YB. Jangan kita tanamkan dalam diri mereka sejak kecil bahawa yg gagal dalam exam means gagal dlm kehidupan.
— AGIBRAEL (@i_agibrael) October 31, 2018
At the moment, details about the reason for abolishing examinations for Standard 1, 2 and 3 students have yet to be revealed. So, we’ll have to hang tight for more information.
Whatever it is, it appears that the education ministry is taking a page out of Finland’s education system, which doesn’t focus on exams and homework but, places importance on the intellectual and personal growth of their students instead.
And rightly so, as exams only make up one part of the country’s education system, and shouldn’t be used to define a child’s potential or future.