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Saturday, April 24, 2004


PTK---Penilaian Tahap Kecekapan

Under the SSM or Sistem Saraan Malaysia, all civil servants must now sit for and pass the PTK or Penilaian Tahap Kecekapan to qualify for vertical and horizontal salary increments as well as promotions.
These exam requires the civil servants to sit for two objective papers covering areas such as the government structure, legal system and General Orders.
Of the 130,000 teachers nationwide who took the PTK late last year only 1,170 of them passed. Questions are being asked as to how this will reflect on the profession and how are they going to face their students after this dismal performance. Questions like whether the subject areas they had to cover and study are reflective of their professional competency and what would be the effects on those who failed this PTK?
A pass rate of 0.9% is frightening and horrifyingly low. How did this happen? Were the questions so fantastically tough, considering that the papers were objective ones? Must be a nightmare for the candidates.
Read about what the northern States' teachers have to comment on this assessment examination, here and what the east Malaysian teachers have to say, here.
This reminds me of the Peperiksaan Am of the past, where civil servants had to sit and pass that examination in order to be confirmed in service and recieve a salary increment. Many were those who had to burn the midnight oil and read up on the General Orders, Malaysian history and what not. Many professionals like engineers, dentists and doctors left for private practice instead of trying to pass the Peperiksaan Am after a few tries. Many professionals questioned the relevance of the examination in relations to their professional work. Would a dentist be able to perform better tooth extraction after passing the Peperiksaan Am, would a medical doctor be better at diagnosing and prescribing or an engineer better at road building? The examination also had two papers and if recalled correctly, one could pass one at a sitting and the other in the next. Many, then, had suspected that that examination was meant not to keep them in service but rather the opposite. Its anyone's guess.


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