Classroom Assessments Will Replace Abolished Exams For Standard 1 To 3 Students In 2019

"The emphasis should instead be on the students' character development."

Cover image via Mohd Fadli Hamzah for Berita Harian/Tnee Li Hong (Edited by SAYS)

Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin announced yesterday, 19 December, the abolishment of mid-year and final exams for primary students in Year One to Three

Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

Image via Mohd Fadli Hamzah/Berita Harian

New Straits Times reported that Dr Amin made the announcement at the media briefing on the implementation of School-based Assessment for Lower Primary Schools.

He added that with standardised examination comes comparison and competition between schools, states, and even students individually. The emphasis should instead be on the students' character development.

"Examinations will only give excessive pressure to pupils and teachers to achieve excellent academic performance which is not aligned with our current education principal," Dr Amin said.

In place of standardised testing, the focus will shift towards Classroom-Based Assessment (PBD)

PBD has been around in primary schools since 2011, but schools have always focused on scoring in examinations.

Schools will practice PBD with guidance from the State Education Department and the District Education Office.

"Pupils will be evaluated continuously with various types of assessments involving knowledge, skills, and values that enable parents to recognise their children's development and identify their strengths and weaknesses," said Dr Amin, in the New Straits Times report.

The Star quoted Dr Amin as saying, "This will be more meaningful as we do not have to wait until the end of the year to see if a pupil needs intervention."

Dr Amin added that assessments should not be restricted to one way only, but can instead be carried out in different methods

Some of the methods suggested include observations, tests, quizzes, homework, and even drawings.

Image via Tnee Li Hong

Additionally, the education director-general also said that students will no longer be streamed according to their grades

"There would be no more streaming for Level One pupils and placing them according to how good they are academically, unless it's a temporary measure to help them catch up with their peers," Dr Amin said in The Star's report.

The move is similar to that of Singapore's restructuring of the education system back in September:

A few months ago, it was reported that education experts from Finland would be partnering with the Education Ministry:

Hopefully in the future, Malaysia's education system will be less "restrictive", as this boy genius puts it: