Teachers protest against SPPBS: Kami Mahu SPPBS Dimansuhkan



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Suara Guru-Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM) plan protest against the PBS,

22 February 2014
Ministry of education

SGMM will go ahead with its scheduled protest over PBS on Feb 22 at the ministry in Putrajaya.


Friday February 14, 2014 MYT 8:51:34 AM

Teachers still grappling with PBS

PETALING JAYA: Three years after being put in place, school-based assessment or PBS is still posing major problems for teachers.

And a group has said it is going ahead with its protest to highlight the weaknesses of PBS, despite assurances by the Education Ministry that the system will be reviewed.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession said a full review of the system was needed for it to be more user-friendly.

NUTP secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said a major problem was the inaccessibility of the PBS online database used by teachers to key in data on students’ achievement.

“We’re glad they (the Education Ministry) are addressing the difficulties teachers face,” she said, adding that the online system should be tested after the review to make sure problems had been fixed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday that PBS would be reviewed following complaints from teachers who had difficulty accessing the system.

Suara Guru-Masyarakat Malaysia or SGMM, however, questioned the scope and nature of the proposed review.

Its working committee head Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said: “Before PBS was implemented, the ministry told us that they had carried out extensive pilot projects and studies by experts. Are they now saying the previous studies are of no use?

“It is also not clear if the new review will only deal with problems with the online database, or the implementation of the policy itself.”



Teachers going ahead with protest against school-based assessment system

February 09, 2014

A teachers’ pressure group is going ahead with its protest at the Education Ministry against the new student-based assessment system (SBA) and has rejected calls for it to halt the plan and return to the dialogue table.

Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia or Teacher-Community Voices Malaysia (SGMM) spokesperson Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said the group was adamant about calling for an end to the three-year-old system before it was used on Form Three students this year.

This is because Form Three students have to sit the crucial Penilaian Menengah Rendah exams at year-end.

They fear that weaknesses in its implementation and the overall confusion by a majority of teachers and school administrators on how to implement SBA would affect the Form Three students’ PMR, said Mohd Nor Izzat.

“We have had three years for the ministry to repair weaknesses in the system. But the ministry does not appear to be improving the SBA but covering up its weaknesses.

“The minister’s (Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh) call to have a dialogue is hypocritical. If he wants to meet and talk to us, then come on February 22,” said Mohd Nor Izzat, referring to the protest date.



Education Ministry has no plans to replace SBA

TAWAU (Feb 9, 2014): The Education Ministry has no plans to replace the school based assessment (SBA) system with the matriculation system in secondary schools, according to Education deputy minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

She said a number of issues had to be considered before the matriculation system could be implemented.

“We do not have any plans, but as an educator, I am optimistic about seeing some progress, although we have to weigh the factors prior to any development.

“If certain parties are against enhancing the SBA or want it abolished, it meant they have not been properly informed about it,” she told reporters at a Chinese New Year open house here today.


Malaysian Insider

Teachers to hold protest against school-based assessment

February 05, 2014
Latest Update: February 05, 2014 05:55 pm

A teachers’ pressure group is planning to hold a protest at the Education Ministry at the end of this month to demand that Putrajaya end its ambitious three-year-old pupil assessment programme.

The protest, a rarity for the profession, reflects growing discontent among teachers with Putrajaya’s implementation of the school-based assessment (SBA) system, said a spokesman from Suara Guru-Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM).

This is despite repeated assurances from Putrajaya that the SBA was necessary as part of reforms to the national education system and that kinks in the system would be worked out by April.

SGMM working group chief Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said the protest, dubbed #himpunan222kpmputrajaya, would be held on February 22 in front of the ministry in Putrajaya.

“We are holding it on Saturday to give more teachers the opportunity to make it there and also not to take time away during the weekdays from our responsibilities,” said Mohd Nor Izzat, who teaches at a secondary school in Pahang.




Sunday January 26, 2014 MYT 6:51:12 AM

Still some tests at PMR level

PETALING JAYA: School-based assessments are expected to replace Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) this year, but there will still be centralised tests for some subjects.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) said this decision came after the union proposed to the Education Ministry in a meeting last month to adopt a “soft landing” approach to the school-based assessment system.

“We proposed that for the first year, core subjects should still have some centralised testing and the other subjects can be fully conducted with school-based assessments,” NUTP secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng told The Star yesterday.

When contacted, Deputy Edu­cation Minister II P. Kamalanathan said there would be no final centralised examination, which was conducted during the PMR for Form Three students in previous years.

“But, there are assessments in lower secondary education in the form of school-based assessment, centralised assessment, assessment of physical health and co-curricular activities and psychometric assessment.

“Each assessment has its (own) report and there is no composite score or weightage,” he said.

Still some tests at PMR level

Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia working group chief, Mohd Noor Izzat Mohd Johari, “I received information from a school administrator that the PBS evaluation done from 2011 to 2013 will not be used to determine the form three results. This means the PBS system employed from 2011 for pupils is a wasted effort.”



12:14PM Jan 24, 2014

Form 3 back to exam- based system this year?

Thousands of Form Three students nationwide,  the first batch of the Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (Evaluation based on school work) (PBS) system implemented in 2011, are facing the prospect of their work in Form 1 and 2 being ignored as part of their final mark results.

Introduced by the Education Ministry, the system is supposed to reduce the reliance on examinations to determine the final results of the pupils like the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination.

However, now it is understood that the Examinations Syndicate will rely solely on final examinations in October, to determine the results for this year.

Teachers and school administrators who attended a briefing by the syndicate recently revealed that this new development is bound to affect the policy introduced by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Officers from the Education Syndicate have informed us that the Form One and Form Two reports by teachers will not be taken into consideration for Form Three.

“What is the use of teachers being asked to keep the evidence of the pupils (on their progress) for subjects like Bahasa Melayu, English, Maths, Science when in the end they would have to sit for an examination to determine their final results,” the text message obtained by Malaysiakini read.

The matter was also confirmed by the anti-PBS system leader and the Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia working group chief, Mohd Noor Izzat Mohd Johari, who said he received similar information from teachers in Hulu Selangor.

“I received information that the examination system will be reimplemented for several subjects in October this year, based on what had been indicated by the examination syndicate. This is against the spirit of the PBS system that abolished the PMR examinations.


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NUTP: Make school-based assessment workable or scrap it

PETALING JAYA (Jan 18): If the Ministry of Education insists on retaining the controversial School-based Assessment System (known by its Malay acronym PBS), teachers nationwide want the Ministry of Education (MOE) to halve the assessment work or evidence for the system and get more servers to fix the problems.
(“Evidence” refers to the assessment work such as worksheets that need to be graded before teachers key in the marks into the system. The system would then process the grades and give a cumulative grade.)
The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP), the biggest teacher union in the country has taken this stand on the PBS after the system failed last year.
The system has just been reopened again after MOE closed it for more than a month to repair the system after the servers jammed and the portal came under fire from the teachers and parents.
In response, the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stated that the system could be completely functional come this April.
NUTP President KDR (K) Hashim Adnan, however said that as the system has failed to be fully operational, the government should not incorporate the upper primary and secondary levels just yet.
As of this year, Year 4 and Form 3 have been added on.



Muhyiddin said that it was expected to be implemented in a more effective manner in April to avoid it becoming a burden to teachers.

Muhyiddin said the education ministry would improve the manner in which information about the system is disseminated to address teething problems.

“What poses a problem is not the policy but its implementation, which is burdening the teachers. We will overcome this problem in the best manner.

“I have directed the ministry to improve the access to information system concerning the matter.




New pupil evaluation system ‘misunderstood’

A group of teachers who met with Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh today discovered that what  the ministry required under the Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) system introduced for Standard One pupils in 2011 was different from what was related to and expected of them.

The group from Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM), led by its pro-tem president Mohd Noor Izzat Mohd Johari, said the information relayed to the teachers by the ministry and what they understood to be implemented was different.

“There seemed to be miscommunication between the ministry, the Malaysian Examinations Board and teachers, resulting in the misunderstanding. For example, in the evaluation of the pupils, not all ‘descriptors’ or learning standards require evidence, and this was further verified by the board.

A descriptor is a level of understanding by the pupil, such as the skills of speaking and understanding, which have been fixed at a certain stage, before they can move up to another learning skill,

However, Noor Izzat said, the teachers were briefed differently, with the chief instructor telling them that each descriptor required evidence.

“The teachers understood that everything required evidence, and this has caused problems among teachers who felt burdened by the tasks involved.

“The problem, as we told the minister, arose because the teachers feared voicing dissent on the implementation of the system, as they feared action being taken against them.”

“However, in the meeting today, Idris assured us that teachers can voice their disapproval about the system with the ministry through proper channels, through the various teacher groups, including SGMM.

“This has been the assurance given by the minister, who wants to see an improving line of communication,” Noor Izzat told Malaysiakini when contacted after the two-hour-long meeting at the ministry today.

New pupil evaluation system ‘misunderstood’


He guarantees that by April the excessive work load from  the SPPBS will be taken away!

We shall wait and see.


8 December 2013|

On the School-Based Assessment System (PBS), Muhyiddin said it was expected to be implemented in a more effective manner in April to avoid it becoming a burden to teachers.

Muhyiddin said the education ministry would improve the manner in which information about the system is disseminated to address teething problems.

“What poses a problem is not the policy but its implementation, which is burdening the teachers. We will overcome this problem in the best manner.

“I have directed the ministry to improve the access to information system concerning the matter.

“By April, the system should be implemented in a more effective way and will no longer be a burden.”

Muhyiddin said the PBS was among initiatives to improve the overall education system as the previous assessment system had been too exam-oriented.


Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 7:08:33 AM

No extra workload for teachers

TEACHERS will not be burdened by excessive workload with the new school-based assessment system, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The load would be taken off them by April next year, added the Umno deputy president in his winding-up speech at the party’s general assembly yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said: “We guarantee this matter would be overcome as I have asked the ministry to improve the information access system. By April 2014, it will no longer be a burden to the teachers.”

No extra workload for teachers

Help from an unexpected quarter!


Teachers’ long hours to key-in data, delegates gripe

UMNO ASSEMBLY A Pahang Umno delegate has highlighted the plight of teachers spending long hours to key in the result of their pupils , resulting in the co-lateral damage of marital problems.

Ahmad Nazlan Idris, from Jerantut, says teachers take a long time to complete their task.

“Some have to key in until the wee hours of the morning. This resulted in their spouses to sleep alone in the cold. This has also resulted in a strain in the teachers’ marriage relationship and the harmony in their ties,” he said.

Another pain they have to suffer is being harnessed to their computers leaves them little time to devote to their profession duty of preparing teaching materials for the day.

“The teachers themselves cannot prepare for their teaching material for the next morning because of such clerical work.

The Jerantut Umno delegate also urged the government to improve communications infrastructure in rural areas, which he claims have added to teachers’ problems being unable to key-in the data due to bad internet connection.

Ahmad Nazlan warned that if such problems are not resolved, Umno might lose the support of the teachers.

Congestion problems

His views was also shared by Perlis delegate, Ramli Sharif who urged Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who is also education minister to look into the plight of teachers hit by this problem ever since the Education Ministry came up with the Sistem Pengurusan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (SPPBS).

He said that he had made a promise to bring this matter up at the Umno assembly as teachers are spending too much time keying -in data.

“There seems to be a congestion problem as the server only accepts Internet explorer browsers. This has resulted in teachers spending hours at night from 10pm until 3am to key in the data. Please look into resolving this problem or else the teachers will be upset and they would not support us,” he said.

Teachers’ long hours to key-in data, delegates gripe


Access To SPPBS To Be Suspended From Nov 30 To Dec 31

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) — Access to the School Based Assessment Management System (SPPBS) will be suspended from Nov 30 to Dec 31 and will be reopened from Jan 1 to Jan 31, 2014.A Malaysian Examinations Board statement Wednesday said it is to improve access to the system and make way for the Student Database Application (APDM) to update the data of students.The Ministry of Education is concerned with difficulty in accessing SPPBS by teachers when recording the performance of students in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 (academic), Form 1 and Form 2 (academic and non-academic) for 2013.”To provide teachers with the opportunity to record the performance of students for 2013, the ministry has extended the deadline to Jan 31, 2014.”However, to make the system more efficient, the ministry would also like to inform that access to SPPBS will be suspended from Nov 30 to Dec 31, 2013,” said the statement.– BERNAMA



‘We Want SPPBS Repealed’ Facebook Page Receives 40,000 ‘Likes’

SHAH ALAM, 17 Nov: The ‘We Want SPPBS Repealed’ Facebook page, which was created less than a month ago, has received 40,000 ‘likes’.


According to the site administrator, due to the increasing support, it has been learned that teachers have started getting threats from certain quarters because of the protest.

“It is important for teachers to express our strength. I believe that there are those who are fearful when teachers unite because teachers are the closest group to the community,” he said.

The Facebook page was created as an initiative which is mobilised by teachers through a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Teachers’ Union of Malaysia (KGM), as the sponsor.


Free Malaysia Today

Govt apologises to teachers over system hiccups

November 20, 2013

Deputy Education Minister II P Kamalanathan said the school-based assessment was not meant to burden the teachers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Steps are underway to improve Internet performance for the smooth implementation of the school-based assessment system before the new school term begins, Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan said yesterday.

Kamalanathan acknowledged that poor internet performance in the system was the primary problem that had undermined its smooth implementation.

“The school-based assessment is not meant to burden the teachers but to provide for a more holistic assessment of students that is not based solely on examinations.

Read the whole article in:

Govt apologises to teachers over system hiccups


Teachers take to Facebook to protest poor system

Following the government’s broken promises to alleviate the clerical work burden of primary school teachers, a number of them have set up a Facebook page demanding the Education Ministry to implement improvements or to scrap their burden.

Their complaint is on the evaluation-based school system or Sistem Pengurusan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (SPPBS) implemented in 2011, under which teachers will have to key-in the details and examination results of their pupils.

There are approximately 400,000 teachers nationwide, and teachers comprise one of the largest group of civil servants.

However, the problems faced by the teachers in primary schools is that poor Internet servers resulted in them having to spend hours to key-in the data.

And to make matters worse, they have to stay up until 3am or 4am, when the servers functioned better, to perform this task.

The matter was made much worse, they complained, with the Education Ministry’s evaluation based on schools or Penilaian Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) system, under which lesser emphasis is put on exams and the academic progress of the pupils are based on the work given to them.

Teachers take to Facebook to protest poor system

The Facebook Page is here:

Kami Mahu SPPBS Dimansuhkan

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Friday September 6, 2013 MYT 9:17:09 AM

SPPBS programme a big hassle for teachers

THE National Union of the Teaching Profession is unhappy with the online data entry system that has left teachers exhausted and bogged down with extra work.

NUTP secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the programmers should resolve the problems affecting the Sistem Pengurusan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (SPPBS) which frequently hangs, resulting in teachers losing the data they have keyed in and having to start all over again.

“Teachers are really suffering. We need better programmes which are more user-friendly,” she added.

According to Lok, the teachers have too much information to key in for the Education Ministry and the District Education Office (PPD)

She added teachers are aware that their main focus should be the students.

“We want the MOE to understand teachers’ problems. They have to upgrade the programme and also ICT facilities in schools,” she added.



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