About 50 schools have been invited by the Education Bureau (EDB) to take part in a trial run of the new Primary Three Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) in May. The revised version is supposed to be easier and more straightforward.
Wong Tai Sin Baptist Rainbow Primary School principal Chu Tsz-wing told Young Post yesterday they had been invited to participate in the assessment. He said whether they took part or not will depend on the decision of the school Incorporated Management Committee, but they will consult teachers and parents before making a decision.
“We will give parents three options for what students can do on the three test days. The first option would be for students to sit the test. The second option would be for lessons to continue as usual. The third would be to organise a sports days or other educational activities. We won’t focus on excessive drilling if we decide to take part in the revised tests.”
Apart from the schools invited to sit the tests, other schools are also encouraged to take part on a voluntary basis.
The tests were launched in 2004 to assess abilities in Chinese, English and maths to help the EDB keep track of students’ progress and schools’ academic standards. The tests are held in Primary Three and Six, and in Form Three at government-funded schools. But parents complained that the controversial tests lead to excessive drilling, putting too much pressure on students and teachers.