OPEN TO DISCUSSION: New system to be key focus at meeting on national education blueprint, says Muhyiddin
KUALA LUMPUR: THE school-based assessment (PBS) is expected to be the key focus of a meeting on the national education blueprint, to be held between the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) and the Education Ministry within the next two weeks.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the PBS framework, introduced to replace the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) exam, may require additional tweaks to ensure that teachers are not unnecessarily burdened.
"PBS is a new system and is one of the areas in the blueprint where teachers are directly involved. So, naturally, there are a lot of questions on how the framework will affect them.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin receiving a special resolution from
National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan during the Gathering of Malaysian Teachers in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Bernama pic
"Teachers want to know when and how it will work. It will also require them to adapt to some significant changes, such as learning to use the new computerised system," he said after opening the Gathering of Malaysian Teachers here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the ministry was always open to discussions on the PBS, which was part of wide reforms outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
He said any changes to be made would be brought up with the Public Service Department, or the Finance Ministry, if the changes involved a reallocation of funds.
The PBS framework was one of nine issues raised by the NUTP to be discussed at the meeting with high-level ministry officers.
According to NUTP president Hashim Adnan, the other matters included the restructuring of teachers' salaries, appointment of education district officers, teachers' assistants and matters involving student discipline in schools.
On another matter, Muhyiddin urged the public not to pass judgment too quickly over allegations linking his fellow cabinet member, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, with timber tycoon Michael Chia.
Muhyiddin said rumours involving the two should be seen in the context of the country's laws and Nazri's role as a minister in the Prime Minister's Department.
"Do not be so quick to judge just because someone has made a public accusation (against Nazri).
"If anyone believes that something is amiss, they should bring it to the proper authorities. We have a legal system in place and Nazri's actions should be considered within the relevant laws and his responsibilities."
Last week, Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategic director Rafizi Ramli had accused Nazri of a conflict of interest, after photos surfaced purportedly showing Nazri's son driving a luxury car registered to Chia.
Chia was recently cleared of graft allegations, part of a corruption probe involving Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
New Straits Times General 04 November 2012