Cancel MATSEC Examinations, Adopt an Assessment and Teacher Feedback Grading System

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If the annual MATSEC examinations are cancelled an alternative grading system needs to be implemented. Candidates that are currently attending an educational institution should be graded by assessment and teacher feedback. If the assessment doesn’t accurately predict the student’s capability, the teacher should recommend a potential grade for that particular subject and state if their assessment accurately represents their level of understanding.

Private candidates that don’t have an assessment or teacher that can predict their grade should be tackled in the following manner. If a private candidate has sat for an exam in the past, their grade should be upgraded by one level. For example, if a private candidate sat for the Maltese O-Level in 2019 and achieved a Grade 6 it should be upgraded to a Grade 5 in 2020.

If a candidate in an educational institution or private candidate doesn’t feel a mark accurately represents their level of understanding, MATSEC should create an application for a Coherent Test. Each subject should have a board of examiners that test the student’s knowledge of the subject within the context of the subject’s syllabus found on the MATSEC website. The board will then determine whether the student’s grade should be upgraded or remain the same.

A ‘Second Session’ should still be held in September, giving students that perform better in exams rather than assessment or in front of an examination board to be given the opportunity to achieve the mark(s) that they desire. In a normal Second Session, candidates can sit for a limited number of subjects (ex. 1 A-Level). Aspiring Medical Students should be allowed to sit for exams in the Second Session to make the system more balanced since normally all grades must be achieved in one sitting to enter Medicine at the University of Malta.

This alternative system would be a much better alternative to postponing MATSEC examinations, the United Kingdom adopted a similar system, why can’t Malta?

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