When Ashley started Std 1 at a Chinese government school, I pubilshed this post on how we were coping with it. I say ‘WE’ because not only did she have to endure the shift in culture from a Montessori kindy to a chinese school but we, as parents, we had to adapt to it too. Today, she is in Std 3. So how are we coping?
I will admit, her mid term results were terrible. When I say terrible…. she failed her Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia Penulisan (or was it Pemahaman portion?) It’s either one of those.
We were shocked.
I was very concerned.
As for the rest of the subjects, she basically scored lower marks compared to the previous years. Her highest score (above 90%) was English – which was expected. The English paper was very easy.
So we set out to try to understand what went wrong.
A tutor comes to the house twice a week (1.5 hr each session) to guide her 1-on-1 in her Mandarin subjects and BM.
So what is the issue?
I spoke to her class teacher about it and the teacher said that for this year, the format of the exam have changed. But if the format has changed, the school should have practiced with the kids based on the new format right? Apparently she wasn’t the only one who’s grades suffered but still…
Anyway, I spoke to her tutor and she wasn’t aware that there was a new format. Huh? WTH?
BIG problem there innit?
She is a full-time tutor and wasn’t aware of the new exam format.
Ok so I can’t completely blame her tutor.
I got the tutor to look through her exam papers and apparently, the questions were quite difficult.
The problem here is Ashley’s grasp of Mandarin and BM. We don’t speak Mandarin and BM on a daily basis. We speak mainly in English. Std 1 and 2 are honeymoon years but we’ve been told that Std 3 is a big leap ahead and indeed she leaped and fell – flat on her face.
So what are we doing now?
We’ve engaged a BM tutor (who is also a school teacher) to come in twice a week (2hrs each session) to focus on her BM.
Her current tutor is focusing on Mandarin subjects – twice a week –> which by the way I am looking to replace!
So essentially, she has tuition 4 times a week.
At the same time, I am on the lookout for new tutor for Mandarin (preferably a school teacher) so that I can replace the current one.
Some changes need to be made and Ashley needs to buck up.
Let’s see how she does in her final term exams.