Education Ministry Possibly Changing PT3 Exams in 2022

28/02/2022

Malaysia’s educational system pivoting – and what about upcoming exams? After the onset of COVID-19 these past couple of years, it’s no wonder that our students and educational system has suffered.  With over 21,000 students who quit school between 2020 and 2021, it’s been difficult forecasting what is going to be the “new normal” with our country’s schools.

Having to figure out virtual learning on a whim with many students not having access to computers at home has been painful to both students and teachers alike.  All things considered, what will this do to entrance exams for primary school, secondary school and university – especially with the Form Three Assessment or PT3?

Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin spoke during the launch of Sekolahku Sejahtera in Putrajaya February 21, 2022.  He said that the MoE was looking into the most suitable approach related to PT3 exams by considering the level of mastery of students and indications from the ongoing 2021 school session.

The Education Ministry has warned that schools should be on standby to return to hosting virtual lessons if COVID-19 cases continue to rise.  All of this has not only stifled Malaysian childrens’ education, but it is also redefining “traditional” schooling in every sense of the word!

Epidemiologist Dr Malina Osman said given that the daily cases logged had been similar over the past few days, tomorrow’s numbers would be the indicator on whether Malaysia should pursue the option.

“The ministry and schools, in the meantime, should formulate how they want to go about doing this.

“They should assess whether it should be fully virtual or hybrid with very limited physical capacity for rural areas or schools where children do not have the means to purchase gadgets or instal WiFi.

Is Malaysia Going Back to Virtual Schooling? What about Virtual Exams?

Reopening physical in-school sessions will require children to be vaccinated, and in other cases, having had a booster shot as well.  Dr Malina Osman said,

“If cases continue to rise tomorrow, which is increasingly likely, we can reopen physical lessons or full physical lessons upon reaching 70 per cent or 80 per cent coverage for boosters and vaccination for children aged 5 to 11.”

All things considered, what does this say about upcoming exams for students entering into primary, secondary and University? To be honest, the education ministry is still figuring this out!

Where Can I Vaccinate My Child?

Most government hospitals are offering vaccination clinics.  It is, however, important to call ahead and schedule an appointment so we minimise foot traffic and slow down exposure to others.

While Malaysia has been rolling out its vaccination plans in phases, there are three ways to schedule yours and your family’s vaccination:

  1. Download the mysejahtera app and schedule accordingly.
  2. Visit vaksincovid.gov.my and schedule accordingly.
  3. Or call 1-800-888-828 to schedule your vaccination.

Both Malaysian and non-Malaysia residents can schedule through the app which is deemed to be quicker than via phone.

If you are feeling unwell, have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient or are currently COVID-19 positive, do NOT head to your vaccination appointment.

I Need My Child in School so I Can Work!

Luckily, daycare centres throughout Malaysia and Petaling Jaya have opened and have stayed open so long as there haven’t been any COVID-19 cases.  When a daycare centre, kindi, preschool, or playschool has a student or staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19, the whole facility shuts down for up to two weeks to ensure the safety of the other staff and students!

In summary, it’s been a difficult past couple of years, but we will prevail!  LHS out of Petaling Jaya is doing everything in its’ power to keep their students healthy and engaged.  For more information, look at some of our new COVID-19 Updated Safety Requirements.

About Little Human Scholars Preschool, Playschool, Kindie and Daycare in PJ

Little Human Scholars is an all-in-one childcare solution.  It is a preschool, playschool, kindergarten, nursery and full-day daycare centre (with extended hours) located in the heart of PJ.

In fact, the location is one of the things which makes Little Human Scholars so sought after – it is conveniently nestled near Jalan Gasing, University hospital, PJ Old town, PJ New town, Jaya One, Jaya33, and the PJ IT Mall.

The best part is LHS school in PJ has premiere services many other schools in PJ don’t offer such as full-day daycare with extended hours, CCTV access for parents, and a nifty little phone app that provides parents with automatic updates on their child’s development, behaviour and health checks.

With full-time guards always present at each of their locations, access to CCTV (which is in every room except the office, bathroom and kitchen areas), and very strict pick-up and drop-off rules, Little Human Scholars treats every child who walks into its hallways as one of their own children!

This place has it all:  location, safety, health, IGSCE curriculum and play-based learning.  What more could you ask for?  Did I mention they also have transportation services and offer meal plans for students?  It doesn’t get any better than that.

If you are interested in a tour of one of our centres (that’s right, there’s more than one), all you need to do is fill out the form here or call +6017-7303-025 and an LHS administrative staff will get back with you shortly!

Cheers,

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