I had written extensively on PT3 exam (here’s the link: Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga) and if parents took the time to read the article, they probably would not have been too disappointed with their children’s result. Due to the nature of the examination or rather assessment, to be precise (since no certificate is given), we can actually expect the unexpected when the results come out.
No matter how you prepare, it is difficult to predict the outcome.
This is what the Education Ministry want to achieve, i.e to move away from the exam-oriented culture and give the students a break from their parents’ high expectations of ‘straight As‘ and instead try to do well and understand what they learned (not merely memorize them) at school.
Short-Comings of PT3
Nonetheless, this article is not to defend the ministry. There are plenty of short-comings in the system that need to be addressed and they must do it sooner rather than later. I hope our TPM will spend more time at his office this week and pick up the news on PT3 to understand the parents’ grievances.
Many of them seem to have not a clue on what Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga is about.
Hence, you can say that there is a serious communication breakdown between the ministry and the parents.
In fact, many teachers are still in the dark on PT3.
This must be rectified.
Plus, I also would like to see a clearer plan made for students after PT3.
Do read my previous article to understand what I mean.
To parents of pupils who did not do well, I hope they are not disheartened and resort to blaming teachers for such results.
In fact, be grateful if the teachers in your children’s school are very strict and does not give away the As easily. Take it as a wake up call and accept that your child needs help to master the subjects.
The real test begins with SPM and then life at the university.
Do spare some thought on pupils who are not so lucky and hardly get enough books, let alone tuition to prepare them for exams. With PT3, the government hopes that all pupils will have a better perspective and guidance on the most suitable career paths and therefore have a better future.