According to the experts, the current grading system ignores all other talents and only focuses on academic excellence. One head teacher said focusing on a whole-person development would help learners fully achieve their potential.
“Focusing on grades over feedback to improve learning is a very dangerous mistake to make for any education system. It is also dangerous to the learners because it pushes them in the wrong direction,” the head teacher said.
He further stated how education is about helping children achieve their full potential and understanding different needs of different students. Apparently, systems that focus on grades only are more likely to attract examination malpractice into play.
A student of year 11 at 7 Hills International School, said teaching at her school is quite interactive. She said teachers ensure that students understand what they are taught as opposed to memorizing what they learnt.
Before the introduction of the new curriculum, learners were graded in percentage scores between 0 and 100 percent. This has since changed for the Lower Secondary Curriculum which is currently competence-based.
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