KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) wants the School-Based Assessment (PBS) to be simplified so that the focus of teachers to educate students will not be affected.
Its secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the PBS system may be detrimental to students because teachers could lose their focus while teaching and learning process as they would have to examine test papers and input the data in the PBS system daily.
Nevertheless, she said NUTP welcomes the postponement of the PBS as announced by the Education Ministry yesterday.
"Rightly, teachers should use their time in school to educate the students, not keying in data into the system," she said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Yesterday, the ministry announced that the system was postponed until further notice since the postponement was needed to scrutinise its implementation to reduce the burden of teachers.
The focus would be on reshuffling matters involving the frequency of teachers entering data, including filling performance of students' recording forms which could burden teachers.
Meanwhile, Mohd Khairi Isa, who teaches at a school here hoped PBS could be abolished because it burdened teachers as the system took a long time to access and requires the filing of many entries for each student.
"Just imagine, daily I have to enter the performance data of 320 students in the PBS system. Often, I am forced to get up early in the morning to enter the data in the system because I could not access it the previous night," said Mohd Khairi who teaches eight classes with enrollment in each class reaching about 40 students.
He added that PBS also placed pressure on the students who had to sit for four to six tests in different subjects, other than having to take part in sports in the evening.
He said the Education Ministry should also return to the old system which was proven effective in educating students and had turned out competent leaders. -- BERNAMA
NST Latest News 24/02/2014