THE Ministry of Education (MoE) would like to thank ‘A Baffled Teacher’ for the letter titled ‘Bahasa Melayu 2 PSR paper confusing’ in the Opinion page of the Weekend Bulletin on October 27, 2018.
The Examinations Department at MoE takes such highlighted matters seriously as it could be a disadvantage to candidates in any assessment or examination.
Looking from the assessment perspective as a whole, all the comprehension questions set in the papers as mentioned do have answers that can be obtained based from the passage given.
However, some questions involve higher order thinking skills that require candidates to make inferences or greater understanding of the passage.
Candidates need to understand the passage to be able to make correct responses, which is part of high order question to indicate a candidate’s ability in mastering language and communication skills at the appropriate level.
The concerned passage was taken from a Primary School Year 5 History Text Book, Negara Brunei Darussalam, Department of Curriculum, 2002 and is appropriate for the Primary School Assessment (PSR) level.
From the curriculum aspect, the syllabus was designed to develop students in mastering the competencies in communication and emphasises the application of thinking skills in-line with their potential development.
Students are exposed to these competencies to hone their ability in receiving information, generating ideas and knowledge to equip them with the ‘personality’ of the language.
In teaching the skills of reading and understanding, students are not only taught in reading verse or text smoothly in terms of pronunciation, intonation and correct intervals but also have emphasis on reasoning and understanding of various materials, both explicit and implicit in critical and analytical way.
The ministry welcomes any comment or feedback in these matters which can be passed directly to the Examinations Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or written notes addressed to the Director of Examinations, Ministry of Education, Bandar Seri Begawan, BB3510, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
The comments or feedback will be very useful especially for those involved in setting and moderating the question paper.
– Public Relations Unit, Ministry of Education