Abolition of PT3 exams: the government is urged to implement comprehensive reforms of the education system

KOTA KINABALU: The government was urged to implement comprehensive reforms in the country’s education system instead of piecemeal changes when it abolished the Form Three (PT3) assessing exam.

Upko Chairman Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the scrapping of the PT3 exam could reduce the exam-oriented approach in the Malaysian education system.

“That’s why the removal of PT3 must be a system-wide approach and not piecemeal,” he said on Friday June 3, commenting on the Education Ministry’s decision to remove PT3. examination from this year. .

The former Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah said, among other things, that pedagogy needs to be changed in order to meet new demands in education.

“For example, in science, improving interest and appreciation for the subject is more important than academic achievement.

“As such, this is why science pedagogy like inquiry-based science education (IBSE) must be part of the country’s new education system.”

Madius added that a pilot study was conducted on the feasibility of IBSE when he was minister of science, technology and innovation (Mosti) in 2016.

Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jinin had announced on Thursday June 2 that there would be no more PT3 exams from this year.

He added that his ministry would instead implement summative assessments in addition to improving school-based and classroom assessments to determine student performance in their studies.

Madius replied that psychometric assessment should also be introduced as self-assessment for students to establish their strengths, weaknesses as well as talents.

This would allow them to know which area to improve upon and then identify the most appropriate pathways for studies to be undertaken at university level, he added.

“Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) should also be used as part of the education system, just like in Germany.

“Our effort to set up the Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) while I was Minister of Mosti was done to recognize and empower TVET in the country,” he said.

To this end, Madius said Malaysians want to see reforms in their education system that can ensure the continuity of their lives and beyond giving importance to only academic requirements.