PETALING JAYA – Students are upset over the Form Three Assessment (Pentaksiran TingkaÂÂtan 3 or PT3), claiming that they were ill-prepared for the examination.
The PT3, which ends today, consisted of written tests, oral tests and case study instrument assessments, held earlier this year.
A student, who only wanted to be known as Emma, from Kepong, said she was stressed out by the initial uncertainty of examination dates and formats.
“There were so many changes. We were only told about the ‘final’ changes in late June and had to sit for the case study instrument assessments and oral tests in July and August.
“Our teachers didn’t have time to finish the syllabus, let alone teach us how to tackle higher order thinking skills (HOTS) questions,” said Emma, who claimed that several HOTS questions even left her teachers confused.
Another student, Nicole Tan, from Kajang, said she found it unfair that schools could select their own set of questions.
“It’s not fair at all because some schools selected easier questions for their students but at the end of the day, our results would still be the same,” she said.
However, teachers expressed their support for the new system, saying that it would beÂnefit students once the teething problems were sorted out.
Klang Methodist Girls’ School teacher Rose Mary Muthusamy said she hoped that the school-based assessment (PBS) and PT3 system would be refined and adopted permanently.
“It’s a fantastic examination that will really test the students’ abilities and produce a geÂÂneration capable of thinking critically and creatively.
“Give it time and it will be better for the students,” she said.
SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi teacher S. Chelvi said the HOTS questions encouraged students to think and develop their language skills.
“However, the new system is a burden to teachers who, besides their teaching duties, have to invigilate and mark the examination papers,” she said.-The Star