Maths paper should be in English and Maltese from Year 4

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb A newly published by the Ministry of Education, recommends intensifying recent efforts to present the mathematics paper in both Maltese and English.The report, Review of the National End-of-Primary Cycle Assessment: The Benchmark was presented during a press event on Thursday which was addressed by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, Permanent Secretary Frank Fabri, and Benchmark Review Board’s chairman Mark G. Borg. The report contains a total of 25 recommendations.The report recommends presenting the mathematics paper in both languages, in order to remove a language barrier for those students who would otherwise perform better, if the test paper in Maltese is presented alongside the English version, with the students being left free to answer any questions in any of the languages. Further this should be presented in Year 4 so that by the end of Year 6 the cohort of students would have become accustomed to a bilingual mathematics paper, the report recommends.Permanent Secretary Frank Fabri said that the benchmark was failing because it was evolving similar to the Junior Lyceum entry exams. Fabri explained that one of the recommendations being made is the phasing out of benchmark exams and replacing them with an assessment that could include an exam component.Education Minister Evarist Bartolo spoke of the efforts being made to move away from the idea of schools being only about taking exams. Bartolo added that memorizing for the sake of passing an exam does not help students learn or educate themselves.The chairman of the Benchmark Review Board, Mark G. Borg, said that some of the recommendations in the report that was drawn up, have already been implemented. The Benchmark Review Board was set up in 2017 and was tasked with evaluating the benchmark exam.Other recommendations:The report recommends exploring ways of making the benchmark more inclusive of migrant students, suggesting looking into the feasibility as well as the practical implications of offering migrant students to sit for Maltese and/or English as a foreign language. This would prevent them from dropping out from the Benchmark due to the language barrier. Further it suggests exploring the possibility of having the Mathematics paper in their native language, at least in the initial stage of their educational journey.WhatsApplast_img

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