The Unfair Evaluation of high performance Schools.
High performance schools (HPS) is a programme introduced by the Ministry of Education to enhance the level of education in Malaysia. Schools which are listed as HPS will be monitored and guided in order to help these schools to maintain and attain their performances. The rationale in having HPS was to raise the quality of the best schools in the country to be world class, produce outstanding students and narrow the gap between schools within the system. These selected schools are given special allocation, autonomy, and able to choose their own students.
On 25th January 2010, deputy Prime Minister had announced the list of 20 chosen schools. These schools were chosen among schools that showed outstanding performance in field of academic, co-curriculum and niche area. 14 secondary schools were chosen and 10 of them are boarding schools. However, the selection of a few schools had resulted in dissatisfaction among the citizens especially those who work in education field.
Most of people complained about the unfair evaluation in choosing the HPS. This is totally true. Out of 20 schools selected as HPS, 10 of them are boarding school which we know that have the first choice in picking students compared to other school. This is unfair for school who received’ drop-outs’ as their students. By evaluating through this way, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is like comparing tiger to cat. Apparently, we will know that tiger will win. However, if HPS is divided into categories; HPS for boarding schools, HPS for rural schools and HPS for daily schools, it will sound fairer rather than just put all the schools into a bunch and just choose the crème le the crème.
Private Schools The first position of chapter three is supportive of private schools. This position feels that private schools prevent the public schools from having a total monopoly over education by offering the community an alternative choice. This choice also produces competition with public schools for student enrollment. This position views public schools as something a student must accept ...
In New Straits Time dated 28 January 2010, a reader sent his response to the newspaper asked MOE to think back of their decision. In his letter, he questioned the MOE how they expect schools without basic facilities to compete with the more established school? That was so unfair! There are many other schools in Malaysia that did not have good facilities and things become worst when the HPS, which are more perfect school got special allocation. It is much better for the MOE to take the money and help the needy schools to improve the condition of low performance schools
Besides that, some people also suggested a few ways to MOE to help schools that not selected as HPS to attain their performance. One of them is by sending the teachers from HPS to under-performing schools. This is a great idea since those teachers might have more skills to help students rather than just staying in a school which had performed. Those from high performance schools should welcome this opportunity to work and help the under–performing schools to raise their performance.
However, instead of blaming government and MOE, teachers and student who their schools were not selected as HPS should take some actions to think and ponder back what have they done for all this time? What made them to not be listed as HPS? News Straits Time dated 27 January 2010 under the article entitled “Great Expectation” stated that these HPS have generally produced innovative and creative programmes to help them in performed well. The other schools who were not listed as one should learn from these schools on how they had perform so well until able to be listed as one of the HPS. Like a school in Kota Bharu, they focus on volunteerism to help slow-learners cope with their lessons and as for Tunku Kurshiah College, the endless brainstorming sessions have borne fruit. So, we can conclude that these schools do not only rely on the fully equipped facilities to success, they also had come out with their own activities to raise their performance.
It was back in elementary school in Vietnam when I first realized that I enjoyed performing in front of an audience. Everyone gathered outside at the school’s field to honor the teacher. I walked out with my quartet singing group to perform a children song relating to respecting teachers. Being an elementary student and performing within a group made it comfortable for me to perform ...
Lastly, teachers, students and everyone who involved in education field must be ready to change and take action. Malaysia need increase its education level. We have been in this level for a long time. It is time take action so that we can provide a better education for the next generation.