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Cambridge rep to monitor new STPM system


KUALA LUMPUR: Examination results under the new Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) assessment system will be monitored by a representative from Cambridge Assessment to maintain standards and quality.

The Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) said the representative would collaborate with MEC's Standard Setting Committee and analyse the results for each examination paper.

"A joint decision will be made to endorse and certify the results," the council said yesterday.

This year's Lower Six students will be the first batch to be graded under the new assessment format, introduced to reduce pressure on students as well as to produce a more holistic and less exam-oriented system.

Under the new system, school- based assessments will carry 20 to 40 per cent of the marks, while the centralised examination will contribute between 60 and 80 per cent of the overall points, depending on the subjects taken.

School-based assessments would have three types of course work -- projects or assignments, laboratory work and field research.

The assessment of the course work would be done by the teachers in schools, with evaluation coordinated by MEC.

Students will be allowed to re-sit the first- and second-term examinations to improve their results, while those who did not do well in the third and final examinations will be allowed to repeat them after the final results are announced.


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