Date
24 October 2017
In 2015, parents called for the abolition of the TSA test because it required students to undergo intensive examinations. Photo: HKEJ
In 2015, parents called for the abolition of the TSA test because it required students to undergo intensive examinations. Photo: HKEJ

Controversial TSA exams to be expanded to all schools

Education authorities will expand the Territory-wide Assessment (TSA) examinations for primary three students to all schools, up from 50 schools this year.

The Coordinating Committee on Basic Competency Assessment said the proposal is aimed at evaluating the TSA assessment tool, Sing Tao Daily reports.

However, schools will be allowed to decide whether to participate in the exercise, it said. 

Parents groups questioned the move, saying the dreaded scheme is being restored to its original state.

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

In 2015, parents called for the abolition of the test because it required students to undergo intensive examinations.

The Education Bureau held a trial run in June with modified TSA exam papers and with 50 schools participating. 

The Bureau said the idea to allow participation of all schools would help gather more comprehensive feedback to the TSA system.

The committee is expected to submit a final report to the Education Bureau which would then make a final decision on whether to accept the recommendations.

The bureau said it has received positive feedback from the 50 schools that participated in this year’s TSA examinations.

If the Education Bureau decides to resume TSA for primary three students, it would mean primary three, primary six and secondary three students in government and subsidized schools would need to sit TSA examinations in 2017, according to news website hk01.com.

TSA Concern Group’s Ho Mei-yee said she has heard that participating schools have arranged additional tutorial classes for students during the TSA period and even ordered supplementary exercises for them.

Ho urged the bureau to rethink the decision.

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