Date
28 July 2017
The Territory-wide System Assessments scheme is intended to monitor the quality of teaching in schools, but it's the students who take the tests to track the school's performance. Photo: NowTV
The Territory-wide System Assessments scheme is intended to monitor the quality of teaching in schools, but it's the students who take the tests to track the school's performance. Photo: NowTV

Angry parents want TSA scrapped, say tests rob kids of childhood

Parents are calling for the abolition of the Territory-wide System Assessments (TSA) scheme, which requires students to undergo intensive examinations.

The tests have nothing to do with the students’ learning, but they have to spend a lot of time and effort preparing for the exams to boost their schools’ ranking, the parents said, adding that the kids have no more time to enjoy their childhood.

Clement Kam, a parent, set up a Facebook page called “Fight for cancelling the TSA in primary 3” and attracted more than 13,000 likes in just two days, indicating how much parents dislike the TSA program, Apple Daily reported. The page has attracted 26,000 likes as of Monday morning. 

TSA was officially launched in 2004 to monitor the quality of teaching in schools.

Depending on the results of the tests, the schools are divided into three categories.

The tests, which focus on English, Chinese and mathematics, are supposed to track a student’s academic progress and the school’s performance.

Primary 3, primary 6 and secondary 3 students are required to take the TSA.

Kam told Ming Pao Daily that once the Facebook page has gathered 50,000 likes, the group will send an open letter to the Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim calling for the abolition of the tests.

If the education bureau fails to make a satisfactory response, the group may call for a boycott of next year’s TSA examinations, Kam said.

“Students, parents and even teachers have had enough of the TSA. Why should we still play by the rule?” one parent remarked on the Facebook page.

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