KUALA LUMPUR: The school-based assessment (PBS) policy has been put on hold until a statement is issued by the Education Ministry on the matter.
Director-general of Education Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said yesterday the ministry viewed seriously the workload issues raised by teachers involved in implementing the policy, as well as its effect on students.
“PBS is a policy where holistic evaluation of students is carried out. With regard to implementation, the Education Ministry is always open and transparent on all grouses, complaints, criticisms and feedback from teachers as
well as the public,” he said in a statement.
In line with a directive by the education minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the deputy prime minister) to the ministry to carry out a detailed study on the implementation, Khair said the policy was being reviewed to ease
the workload of teachers. As such, teachers did not have to continue with the policy unless told otherwise, he said.
He said all PBS briefings for primary and secondary schools nationwide had been postponed indefinitely to avoid confusion.
He added that dialogues with teachers, including unionised members, had been held since early this month and the outcome would be forwarded to the ministry soon.
The ministry had formed a PBS task force at the ministerial level to evaluate new developments on the policy.
"A PBS war room at the ministerial level to tackle all issues arising from the implementation of the policy has also been formed."
Khair said improvements were being made to the school-based assessment management system to ensure teachers could access the system easily and effectively.
"All these actions are to ensure that every element of the PBS implementation will provide teachers with efficient and easy assessment of students and at the same time, reduce their workload."
He added that the ministry would make known the outcomes of the evaluation once the education minister was satisfied with the improvements made to the policy, taking into consideration teachers' grouses and input from the public, including Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia.
"For the time being, teachers do not have to continue with the implementation of PBS until a statement on the matter is issued by the ministry in due course," he said.
File picture dated Dec 31, 2013, shows Roy Azmi (right) from SK Taman Nirwana Ampang
attempting to answer to a question.Pix by Effendy Rashid
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