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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grading System in Chinese Primary Schools

It has been almost 9 months since my boy's transfer to his present school. Other than missing some of his ex-classmates, a few of them who used to be close to him, we kind of settle ourselves into our new routine comfortably. Recently, his ex-classmate, a boy called me on my mobile and asked to speak to my boy. That boy called to say hi and checked on how my boy had been doing. How sweet... My boy still misses a few of his ex-classmates as they have so much in common but this will be a post entry for another day.

Back to today's post, I didn't realize until I went through one SJKC and now another that grading system for each and every school might differ. The previous school takes 6 subjects (i.e. BM & Chinese Pemahaman papers only), English, Science Chinese, Maths Chinese and Moral papers) as its core subjects to determine the pupils' positions in class and the whole standard. However, his present school adopts the UPSR grading system of 7 core subjects i.e.BM & Chinese, both Pemahaman & Penulisan papers, English, Science Chinese and Maths Chinese. When I got my boy's report card for the first time from his previous school, I was surprised that both BM and Chinese Penulisan papers were excluded from the calculation of overall performance and his then class teacher confirmed that it would stay that way until standard 5, she wasn't sure though if it would stay the same for standard 6.
Personally speaking, I like the grading system of the boy's present school which is to adopt the UPSR system though it can be a risky one as if one slacks the Penulisan papers, expect your overall performance to nosedive and the kids' self-confidence to be badly affected. 

 Mommies with primary school going children, do the schools that your children go to adopt my boy's previous or present school's grading system?


Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

It was so sweet of Ian's ex classmate. He was still thinking of Ian, which means Ian is a very friendly and sociable person . My girl is the first batch of KSSR syllabus. The grading includes both penulisan and pemahaman papers for BM and Chinese.

May 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger yvonne said...

I'm not sure about the grading system in my girl's kebangsaan school, let alone chinese school :p

Not much help here.

May 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Hayley said...

Ian must be very 'friend' with his ex classmates, he still called and say hi ;)

May 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger mNhL said...

Ian have such a nice ex-classmates! A true friend indeed. hehe

I need to learn from you all as my son will enter primary next year. I'm getting all excited!

May 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Merryn said...

I'm not sure of the grading system as Ethan is only 5 this year. But I can't help but smile when I imagine Ian's friend calling him through ur mobile. So sweet!

May 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Agnes said...

My girls' school count all the papers in calculating their exam performance. They have to do 9 papers in every exams, BM, Chinese & English subject all consist of 2 papers. The school derived the the result by averaging all 9 papers.

May 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
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