We welcome changes to the education system if they are carried out successfully

Adam suggested that any new policy implemented in the education system should be followed by a concrete and practical monitoring system.

KUCHING (August 11): Teachers in Sarawak welcome any changes or improvements to the country’s education system as long as they are carried out, Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) President Adam Prakash Abdullah has said.

He suggested that any new policy implemented in the education system should be followed by a concrete and practical monitoring system.

“For example, aides should be provided to ensure the system works and specialist coaches should be trained to ensure the program works effectively,” he said. Borneo Post.

He described Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin’s remarks on Monday that Malaysian teachers were unwilling to change and accept new advanced classroom assessment methods as an understatement.

“The Ministry of Education can implement policies, but implementing policies without controlling them is another problem.

“Yes, classroom and school-based assessments have been around for a while now, but how much have we done to ensure the program is effective at the school level,” he remarked.

He reiterated that introducing policies was one thing, but making sure they were successful was another.

“We don’t believe in setting up policies without checks and without skills upgrading, because as you know, classroom or school-based assessments are not taught in detail to teachers at college training campuses. teachers.

“Teachers need to be trained and retrained to be able to conduct effective classroom assessments,” he stressed.

He also said that at the same time, teachers don’t want parents to complain.

“Before, we’ve heard of parents questioning integrity; the validity of grades given by teachers to their children in classroom and school-based assessments.

“So in order to avoid all these complaints from parents and stakeholders, what the education system should do is make sure that these types of classroom or school assessments are valid, certified and verified. by bodies that approve grades awarded by teachers,” he added.

He said it was important for parents to be aware of how classroom and school-based assessments work.

“We trust our teachers to do their assessment and do their best to ensure that their students get the best grades they deserve through their efforts.

“But what do parents know about it?” He asked.

On Radzi admitting that Malaysia’s education system has stagnated due to reluctance to make changes, Adam said his statement was about the country as a whole and likely only related to classroom and school-based assessments.

“I believe that in Sarawak, our education system here is not at a stagnant level because the state Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development and schools in Sarawak are moving forward.

“For example, we still continue to teach math and science in English until today. It is a unique English language program, in which if I am not mistaken, only Sarawak is implementing it at the moment,” he said.

He hoped Radzi could look at the big picture rather than come out and say the country’s education system was stagnant.

“Comparing the Malaysian education system to that of other countries is very subjective as we have different education systems, policies and philosophies.

“We have to take that into account,” he said.

Radzi at an event in Kuala Lumpur said other countries have overtaken Malaysia in terms of education due to the stagnation of the country’s education system.

He pointed out that when pushing for the abolition of national UPSR and PT3 exams, some teachers and other stakeholders had opposed the move, saying schools were ill-prepared for classroom and school-based assessment. .