Hong Kong schools

Why calls to scrap TSA or BCA are short-sighted

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 12:59pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 1:24pm

Debate still rages on whether school assessment tests should be scrapped. I believe some kind of exam is necessary, but without any kind of drilling.

Training by schools is a positive aspect of learning, but parents are sick of it because of the pressure, as pupils are drilled relentlessly for the Territory-wide System Assessment or its modified version, the Basic Competency Assessment.

As a student who will sit the Diploma of Secondary Education, I’ve faced plenty of drilling to get good grades and I can say that it really helps you to learn more and understand your shortcomings.

I think parents are being short-sighted in urging that the TSA or BCA be scrapped because of the stress caused to children.

Stress is something everyone needs to overcome, especially teenagers. We will have to face stress everywhere, not just from tests. From homes to workplaces, stress exists. Learning to face challenges early in life will help us toughen up to tackle future hurdles.

Cassandra Chan, Lam Tin