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fRaNkY
02-03-2010, 09:35 PM
Any of your kids took exams before ? From International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

For students from Std 3 to Form 4, covering, Computer Skills, Science, English, Mathematics and Writing... RM25 each?

It is offered in Lick Hung..

Any ideas or comments?

URL - http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/

birdy
03-03-2010, 03:40 AM
Just for better understand, what is the benefit of sitting for this assessment? I don't think it is recognize by M'sia government too, does it?

currymee
03-03-2010, 07:47 AM
Any of your kids took exams before ? From International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

For students from Std 3 to Form 4, covering, Computer Skills, Science, English, Mathematics and Writing... RM25 each?

It is offered in Lick Hung..

Any ideas or comments?

URL - http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/

The only tests not offered are our kids' dear school are: SRP, SPM, STPM and DRIVING tests :p :p :D (all above age limit) ;) - just kidding, but true !!

Seriously, I hope not another money-making scheme ? My wife is already NO to anything that involves money from Lick Hung that is not directly related to the kids' education and school syallabus. She even said NO to the hanyu pinyin classes - saying, well, the normal classes will teach sooner or later, so just wait !! Never play-play with the "Finance" minister :rolleyes:

fRaNkY
03-03-2010, 09:24 PM
Basically, I browse briefly the website, its to guage where your kid stand in education, esp in australia.

You can take the exam, not in LH. Its up to you.

The fee RM25 per subject, if converted around Aus10, dont think LH make money outta that :D


I tend to disagree with your MOF opinion. Though some of them are money making, but have to pay outsider to teach, the kids get to learn something else other than education, its a chance to bring out the talents of of your kids, some times built their confidence and sometimes, let them relax.. no school stuff. :)

Where else in the world, your kid get to learn "chinese yoyo", "24 season drum" chess "fencing" "chinese orchestra" Taekwondo UDO Karate Red Cresent etc .....

kwchang
04-03-2010, 01:48 AM
..She even said NO to the hanyu pinyin classes - saying, well, the normal classes will teach sooner or later..
Please check it out if Hanyu-Pinyin is a regular school subject. I think not. My daughter took the extra subject and she had very good command of Hanyu-Pinyin after that ... definitely money well spent. It helped her very much when she needed to search for words in the dictionary (based on words which she know how to pronounce) using just the Hanyu-Pinyin instead of counting the number of strokes. BTW, they were extra classes on Saturdays organised by the PIBG.

It is something like abacus as well ... you'd think it is taught in SRJKC but not. We also sent our daughter for it at one of the private mental-arithmetic classes outside the school. Her maths skills were much better as they learnt the multiplication tables very fast .. much quicker than the school syllabus because the multiplication tables are the basis for operating the abacus. Of course, her mental arithmetics also improved tremendously after that.

Therefore, not all the "extra" classes are a waste of money.

birdy
04-03-2010, 03:32 AM
Therefore, not all the "extra" classes are a waste of money.
But thought Hanyu-Pinyin and Abacus suppose to be subject to teach in the class? Why must they organize extra class to teach?

kwchang
04-03-2010, 10:52 AM
As I had said, I do not think they are part of the curriculum, therefore please ask the teachers. Even if they were in the curriculum, i believe they are only done at a preliminary level. What my daughter went through was probably at a much higher level, hence better benefits. That was a few years ago, so I do not know if it still applies

Rhiga
04-03-2010, 03:06 PM
IMHO, there is no need to send children for extra classes in SRJKC.

What they learn in primary school is sufficient enough to prepare them for secondary level EXCEPT English.

I am not questioning the effectiveness of the extra classes (Hanyu Piyin, Abacus…etc), my point is the kid will eventually reach a proficient level even without the extra classes.

Study is a marathon, not a 100 meters race…they don’t need a booster to reach the destination faster

umadavid
04-03-2010, 07:37 PM
Any of your kids took exams before ? From International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

For students from Std 3 to Form 4, covering, Computer Skills, Science, English, Mathematics and Writing... RM25 each?

It is offered in Lick Hung..

Any ideas or comments?

URL - http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/
It would be good if the kids take these exams...it is offered internationally by the University of New South Wales and it is very sad that only a few schools in Malaysia take the initiative to offer it to their students. Sri KL students have been taking these exams which is also available for primary students for more than 10 yrs, I think.

Papers are marked and sent back with superb assessment...so yr child will know where they stand amongst their peers in Malaysia, which part of the subject they excel and where they need to improve. Grading is given and answer sheets are returned with correct answers next to students answers plus notes on range of ease and difficulty of each Q.

The excellent student in each group is awarded a gold medal and every child will get a certificate (range from High Distinction(spelling) Distinction, Credit, Participation)