The recent announcement by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to remove mid-year examinations for all remaining levels in primary and secondary schools by 2023 has sparked much debate among parents and educators. This action is a part of the Learn for Life movement to nurture students to be confident and resilient learners. While the decision to eliminate mid-year exams has been met with approval by some people, others are concerned about the impact on academic performance. In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of this policy change.
Cultivate The Passion of Learning
The removal of mid-year examinations can encourage students to focus on the joy of learning rather than just academic grades. With no stress in learning experiences, students can discover their interests and strengths, and act on teachers’ feedback. This can strengthen students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and help them become more self-directed in their learning.
Multiple Assessment Avenues
Teachers can still assess students’ understanding and mastery through regular assignments, quizzes, and classroom interactions. These touchpoints can provide useful and timely feedback for students to improve their learning, and enable teachers to adjust teaching practices to better support their students.
Deepen relationships with Parents
Parents play a crucial role in helping their children build resilience and develop a passion for learning. The partnership between parents and school will help children focus on the value of the learning journey and not just the assessment outcomes. Together, they can help students thrive in the test of life, instead of associating their time in school with a life of tests.
Missed Opportunities to Retrieve
Mid-year exams can be a valuable tool to assess learning progress and identify gaps in students’ knowledge. Without these exams, teachers may miss the chance to retrieve these gaps and provide timely interventions to help students improve.
Lack of Adequate Preparation for Exams
By experiencing the stress of exams and assessments, students can learn how to manage their time, prioritize tasks, and work efficiently under pressure. Without regular assessments, students may not have the opportunity to practice these skills and may struggle when faced with high-stress situations. This can lead students unable to perform well in the final exam.
Lack of Standardization
Without mid-year exams, it may be challenging to ensure standardization across different schools and regions. The lack of standardization could result in inconsistencies in grading and difficulties comparing student performance across different schools.
Change of attitude towards learning
It is also possible that some students may develop a more complacent attitude towards learning without the pressure of exams to keep them on track. In addition, this action could also lead to increased procrastination. Without the motivation of an exam, students are more likely to delay their assignments or stay on track with their study plan, leading to a decline in academic performance.
In conclusion, the removal of mid-year examinations is a significant move towards inculcating a joy of learning in our students. While some may have concerns about the impact on academic performance, it is important to strike a balance between encouraging the joy of learning and ensuring that students are adequately assessed to identify their knowledge gaps and address them.
Despite this, the importance of academic grades cannot be ignored too. Students who aspire to pursue further studies, especially in competitive fields, will still need to perform well in their final examinations. By attending tuition classes, students can receive additional support and guidance outside of school hours to achieve better academic performance. They can clarify their doubts and deepen their understanding of concepts that they may be struggling with. Meanwhile, tutors can continue to provide regular assessments and feedback to keep students motivated and accountable for their learning.
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