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PBS empowers teachers with autonomy: Jame
Published on: Monday, April 14, 2014

Kota Belud: The revised School-Based Assessment (PBS) empowers teachers with autonomy to assess students holistically, said Sabah Education Director Datuk Jame Alip.

He said Sabah district education officers who had been briefed on the revised PBS would eventually enlighten teachers on its mechanism and merits.

"Those who say the PBS is not appropriate for schools do not understand that the system is aimed at raising the stature of the teaching profession and education in the country.

"It's time that our education system to compete with that of developed countries," he said.

On March 18, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the PBS revamp whereby teachers no longer have to go through the taxing task of keying in data online from April 1.

The revamp, prompted by complaints from teachers, allows teachers to keep the data offline, thus reducing their workload by between 70 and 80 per cent.

Parents should accept the PBS revamp positively for the country's education advancement, said Jame Ali, adding that he hoped teachers would be brave enough to accept change towards a better future.

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