1. What is the content of the KBSR?
2. What are the types of pedagogy and assessment in KBSR? 3. How the communication elements took part in the KBSR syllabus? 4. What is the content that is emphasized in KSSR?
5. What are the new variation method and assessment do you apply in KSSR? 6. In what way the KSSR syllabus give effectiveness to the teachers and students? 7. What are the responses from the students regarding the KSSR syllabus? 8. How about the students’ progress and achievements towards implementing the KSSR syllabus? 9. In what way the workload differs from KBSR and KSSR?
10. In your point of view, which syllabus is more effective and which one did you prefer that suits you and why it is so?
The KBSR system focuses on the all the core subjects, with a systematic syllabus and proper periodical chapters. However, that does not mean that the other subjects are neglected. This system also touches on the students’ thinking skills and knowledge acquisition. In a sense, the teachers will teach the pupils on these crucial subjects that they will face in the university, as well as shaping them to be a better person. (1)
To simply put, the KBSR system works the same way as the teacher-centered learning. The curriculum begins by going through an overview of the subject. Then the teacher will teach them chapter by chapter. In this system, teachers give knowledge and the students receive it. It is a one-way communication. Students will improve themselves by repetitive exercises. From time to time, the students be given monthly tests, and there is a mid-year exam and the final exam in the end of the year to help evaluate and assess the students.(2)
In the KBSR system, the elements that took part are the elements of analytical and creative thinking skills. These elements can be implemented in the activities conducted by the teachers. As the students progress in the subject, the teachers will give them exercises that make the students use their analytical skills as well as their creativity. For example, the teachers can give questions that require their opinion or suggestion. (3)
The approach taken in this syllabus stresses the need for pupils to develop the 4M(reading, writing, counting and reasoning) whereas for the language subjects, they have to develop all the 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils for example learn how to interact with peers, listen attentively, express themselves orally or in writing with confidence, read with comprehension and write with minimal grammatical errors. In the language arts module, pupils are trained to show appreciation and demonstrate understanding of text read, sing songs, recite rhymes and poems as well as produce creative works for enjoyment.(4)
In the KSSR system, the teachers should touch on the communication, and also include some values such as spiritual attitude, humanitarian values, physical and aesthetical development as well as the science and technology aspect in their lesson in any ways possible, using the teacher’s creativity. As for myself, I used several methods in order to achieve that. The simplest way is to show the students videos or clips that has moral values in them. In addition, I will ask the students to react and give their opinion on these clips, as that will hone their reasoning skills and able to assess them on their understanding. Since there are no final exams for the level 1 students (standard 1, 2 and3), at the end of every chapter, I will give them short tests to check on their conception on the chapter/topic. Students who are weak/failed the test will be given extra attention so that they can catch up with the others. (5)
There are several ways that makes the KSSR more effective than the previous system. The easiest reason is that the approach of the subject on each topic is way more interesting than before. As oppose from the previous system which is...
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