LETTER: I refer to the article, “For effective school-based assessment, there should be 20 to 25 students per class”. I support this call.
This has been in the education blueprint for more than 50 years. To make this happen, the government needs to build more schools.
I taught in a primary school in Manjung, Perak, that had a small enrollment more than 20 years ago.
Each class had about 15 students and the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah results were always about 100 per cent as the teachers could give personal attention to each student, especially underachieving ones.
In my English Language classes, I used to bring books with lots of pictures and fewer words to encourage and boost their reading skills.
The school-based assessment could be set based on students’ ability so that they don’t feel pressured.
However, I suggest that the final test be standardised at the district or state level. This is to ensure that all students are on a par with students from other schools.
Apart from that, the teachers can also have a rapport with parents when the classes are small. Parents can help out in school activities and share their expertise, especially in sports and co-curricular activities.
The ministry should encourage schools to have field trips for students to learn outside classrooms.
A few years ago, I visited a war museum in South Korea and saw many school children in uniforms.
I saw one of them taking pictures with her handphone, the others discussing about what they saw while one student was jotting down notes of the discussion.
I was amazed with their enthusiasm and could see patriotism being instilled in them.
We should also consider the hybrid learning system. Hybrid learning refers to synchronous lessons taught live and remotely at the same time.
People might not agree with this but it is worth a try.
Students can experience face-to- face learning and online learning on a rotational basis and this can promote autonomous learning.
Let’s create a future generation with intelligence and character that will be respected in the eyes of the world.
F. PETER G. FRANCIS
Source : New Straits Times