The decision to abolish the Form Three Assessment (PT3) has created concerns among some parents on the new method of student assessment.
Some opined that the abolishment will mean students are no longer concerned about achieving needed grades to advance into schools of their dreams.
This is because Form 3 students who wish to enter full boarding school will be assessed via three main components: classroom-based assessment (PBD), physical, sports and co-curricular-based assessment (PAJSK) and psychometric assessment (PPsi).
They will also be required to sit for the Special School Admission Assessment (PKSK).
A father, Ahmad Nizam Ahmad Kamal, 40, expressed that it is beneficial that an exam-focused educational system be replaced with a better method to suit current needs.
However, he was worried if the new assessment method will burden students with more work compared to exams.
“There are concerns that students will not feel competitive as there are no longer any major exams.
Employee of private sector, Mohd Nor Izwandi Ramlan, 45, opined that the system changes will cause some impact to educational development.
According to him, there might be some students who do not care for their studies as they will not face exams.
It is reported that previously about 400,000 students nationwide had sat for the PT3.
Despite the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) being the most important exam in Malaysia, the PT3 helps students to determine their suitable streams to advance into Form 4 and sit for the SPM.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the PT3 will be abolished starting this year and to be replaced with improved school-based assessment.
Senior Education Minister, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said it will consist of three main components: classroom-based assessment (PBD), physical, sports and co-curricular-based assessment (PAJSK) and psychometric assessment (PPsi).