The Courier-Mail

Back-to-back as­sign­ments sti­fle stu­dents


CAROL Da Costa-Rogue pulls up peo­ple who want public ex­ams for Queens­land stu­dents. She can re­call the years back when the rad­i­cal hip­pie “Rad­ford sys­tem” of the ’70s threw out public ex­ams – and she says it did a fine job.

It is gut-wrench­ing that some Queens­land stu­dents fail be­cause they can­not as­sem­ble end­less es­says for ev­ery sub­ject. Kids here can­not find time to ex­er­cise, do home­work and love learn­ing when they are do­ing an in­sane num­ber of as­sign­ments back-to-back. This run­away train must be stopped so that chil­dren can study in­stead of cut-and-paste, and spend time with their fam­i­lies again. A. M. Bai­ley, B Dent Sc Grad Dip Ed Hol­land Park West NO ED­U­CA­TIONAL sys­tem nor as­sess­ment regime is 100 per cent per­fect. Those crit­i­cis­ing the new ap­proach with an ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion, rec­om­mended to the New­man gov­ern­ment and thank­fully taken up by Kate Jones, fail to recog­nise the fact that the cur­rent OP sys­tem has an ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion called the QCS. This bizarre QCS ex­am­i­na­tion sup­pos­edly as­sesses 49 core skills and this serves as a ba­sis to “mod­er­ate” all sub­jects.

The pro­posed sys­tem, if im­ple­mented cor­rectly with 50 per cent weight­ing, will still have in­ter­nal teacher assess­ments and an ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion in each spe­cific sub­ject. Ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults should be used to scale in­ter­nal assess­ments.

This is the ap­proach sim­i­lar to that used through­out the civilised world. Merv My­hill, Townsville

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