PETALING JAYA: Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (Form Three Assessment or PT3) is a welcome change in the education system despite a host of complaints about its difficulty.
Proud smiles: Infant Jesus Convent Secondary School students sharing their results in Bandar Hilir.
Most Malaysians said the focus on thinking skills was a positive step towards improving the education system but it had been implemented too hastily, leading to many teething problems.
These include teachers and students being ill-prepared for the examination.
“It is a move in the right direction, I agree. But the decisions and formats, etc, were only finalised in June and July. These kids should have been prepared for this from Form One,” said Facebook user Lee Ah Chai.
“I personally think the PT3 is a very good beginning to improve our education standards but it needs some improvements and enhancements after this pilot examination,” said Lee.
“Imagine two and a half years studying in some other format and in the last few months changing to something else,” posted Francis Anthony.
“PT3 is a good move because the questions are subjective and require higher order thinking skills. But it is also true that students were not given enough time for preparation and to get used to the continuously changing format,” added Kalaivany Vengu.
“I prefer quality A’s than quantity A’s with no true substance,” wrote Farah Meor, of the new exam that replaced Penilaian Menegah Rendah (PMR).
Huan Yie Lee posted: “People complain because they are out of their comfort zone. We need students that can think, not students who memorise everything.
“What’s the point of letting so many students get straight A’s? Good step forward by the MOE, in my opinion.”
“Kids, the real reason you are unhappy with your results is because for the first time ever, the Examination Board and Education Ministry have decided to raise the PT3 grading standards,” wrote Amir Kazan.
Ng Cheong Peng wrote that it was a good move by the Education Ministry.
“I am truly disappointed with the reaction of parents as they are more concerned about how many A’s their children can get,” he added.
“It’s not about getting more A’s but the system must be well organised. The most crucial part is that society cannot expect higher results from the children since the implementation of PT3 took just about four months,” posted Mya de Luna, arguing that more time is needed for students to do better.