Not everyone is against the TSA

Not everyone is against the TSA

TSAs might be unpopular, but at least one principal says they do some good, and ending them won't make students' lives easier

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Thousands of people are against the TSAs.
Photo: Jonathan Wong/SCMP

TSAs are important to schools to show where they might be going wrong, says Ma On Shan Methodist Primary School principal, Chan Kam-fai. He says the Territory-wide System Assessment is an important guide to show a school's strengths and key areas that needed change.

The tests are very unpopular. At a special Legislative Council hearing last Sunday, the TSA Concern Group submitted a 43,623-signature petition to end the exam for Primary Three students. The hearing was attended by more than 100 members of the public, including parents, educators and students.

Speaking to Young Post yesterday, Chan said the assessment lets schools keep track of students' progress. "The test shows us what level our students are at and which aspects are particularly weak," he said. For example, if the results show students have a hard time forming proper questions, the school can adjust their strategies.

He added that even without TSAs, students would still be under intense pressure. "If the Education Bureau scrapped the city-wide assessment, the schools would still have their own internal assessment to test students. So it's better to focus on how they can make the TSA more suitable to pupils' levels and needs."

Young Post reader Leung Ho-yi from Tsuen Wan Public Ho Cheun Yiu Memorial College says that scrapping the exams would do nothing to lift the pressure from students.

"Parents will arrange a lot of activities, like piano lessons or sports, so young people won't have enough time to relax. Their childhood will still be affected," she said. "Parents and schools have the responsibility to ensure a better school life for us."

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Growing frustration with TSA pressures

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YP Letters

10:12am

Dear Editor,
I am writing my opinion about Territory-wide System Assessment, or can call that TSA. Education Bureau use the TSA to text students in P.3 so that it can know the degree of the students and their school.
Because of that, many schools want to have a better record so they give a lot of homework to the students to practice their Chinese, English and Mathematics. Many students need to finish more than 10 pieces of homework a day. They feel hard.
Second, all the time they need to do homework, they do not have time to play, can not to do everything what they like. Life is not just for doing homework.
They need to enjoy life! They have a dream, but TSA breaks their dream.
Finally, I hope the Education Bureau can cancel the TSA. This email just my opinion but also hope you will read.
Yours faithfully,
Chan Tsz Yin
Christian Alliance S.C.Chan Memorial College

YP Letters

15:47pm

Currently, whether or not TSA should be abolished has become a hot topic. The government says TSAs are used to monitor educational standards and review their educational policy. They don't affect the scores of the individual pupils. So, schools and parents are putting too much pressure on students because they think results will affect the school's banding.
But, furthermore, the government's credibility has been affected because it has been too slow to respond to this issue.
Nicole Fong Hei-man,
The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

YP Letters

09:53am

I think TSA is important for the Primary Three students.
TSA can let us know what problems we are facing. We wouldn't know what to fix without the TSA. Although the TSA is difficult for the Primary Three students,they have to face that problem.
Most parents will tell their son or daughter to do a lot of exercises. I think this is not needed. Students need to do their own studies.
Some Primary Three students said that they have had to revise until midnight.
I think the problem is not TSA is too difficult . I think the problem is that parents make students work hard for these tests. That is why students are afraid of the TSA.

CANDY POON,CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE S.C. CHAN MEMORIAL COLLAGE

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