Postponement of the 2021 Cambridge Test for BPSS P6 Students

Postponement of the 2021 Cambridge Test for BPSS P6 Students

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During the April 7th MOE statement regarding the Covid-19 Impact on Learning in Schools it was mentioned that the Cambridge Checkpoint exams will commence as planned in April 2021.  Under normal circumstances, this would not be an issue; the directive, unfortunately comes at a time where this cohort of students has had interrupted learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with recent news that they will be returning to remote learning during this period.  With that, students and teachers have had little to no time to adequately prepare for such an assessment.

While we as parents and guardians are understanding of the Ministry’s need for sufficient data, we strongly believe that given the current, ever-changing developments, moving forward “as planned” would be detrimental to all parties.  This decision will only inaccurately reflect the students’ knowledge of the test subject matter; in most cases, students have not even been introduced to the material covered in these exams. Over the past two years, normal learning has been disrupted; it would be unfair to subject students and their families to this testing due to the grave disadvantages faced during this period. Students have also had the misfortune of not having equitable access to resources in order for proper online learning and preparation to take place.  Furthermore, some students and their families continue to battle illness due to the pandemic on top of other personal struggles that make it difficult to meet basic needs that would aid in a student's ability to focus.  It all amounts to unnecessary stress that would not produce accurate/favourable results for students.  

We are urging the Ministry to have the children’s best interest at heart.  Postponing the test to allow more time for all parties to prepare is desirable.  While we are confident in the students’ ability to perform admirably, we also realise that in order to do well, preparation is critical.  Postponement would allow our children to be more confident as they prepare for the next phases of their academic journey. If postponement is not ideal than a waiving of the test for this year will also be appreciated. 

We ask that parents, guardians and concerned members of the community please sign the petition to encourage the Ministry to reconsider their decision to undergo Cambridge Checkpoints as normal, giving BPSS students the best chance possible of academic success.

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