External exams pass test
CONGRATULATIONS to Education Minister Kate Jones for announcing the reintroduction of external exams to senior school assessment ( C-M, Aug 25).
For 25 years, the predominant method of assessment has been the take-home, teach-yourself assignment task, which has fostered a culture of “do the research, hand it in, then forget it”.
As a result, our students have been graduating without necessary permanent knowledge, which is an important springboard for any further study. Leo Bradley, Cannon Hill THE real question for Kate Jones is, will she be able to defy the teachers’ union clinging to the social moderation/assignment system of school assessment?
Or will she bring in a system that is fair for students and transparent for parents, like the other states already use, with 50 per cent external exams and 50 per cent scaled school tests? Matthew Dean, Mt Gravatt East