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UPSR abolished, PT3 cancelled this year

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 28 Apr 2021 17:14
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The education ministry has cancelled the UPSR exams for good and the PT3 exams for this year.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, in announcing the cancellations, said the ministry would introduce an alternative method to evaluate students who are supposed to sit for the two major examinations.

“No substitute exams will be held. We will strengthen the current evaluation methods,” said Radzi at a press conference today.

“This will be a big change for the country’s education system,” he added.

Introduced in 1988, the idea to abolish the UPSR was mooted in 2010 by then education minister Muhyiddin Yassin who said it made learning more exam-oriented as opposed to providing students a more holistic education.

Radzi said the decision to finally do away with the UPSR was made based on dialogues with various parties such as principals, teachers, parents and students.

Citing the amount of time used to prepare for the six UPSR papers, Radzi said this had made teachers rush through the syllabus as quickly as possible in order to then revise the subject matter with students. This, he added, came at the cost of time spent on teaching other subjects.

Radzi also said the move would alleviate the pressure children were under to do well in the exam.

“Some parents are focused so much on their children getting 6As that they feel their children are not achieving their full potential if they do not (get 6As).

“Some parents are also sending their children to tuition as early as Primary 1 because they say the UPSR exams are important.

“When we talked to the students, they told us they’re stressed preparing for the UPSR.”

Radzi hoped today’s announcement would allow teachers and students to explore creative ways to teach and learn, and also to showcase their individual capabilities.

Previously, educationists supporting the end of the UPSR had said the education system’s focus on exams meant that most of the time students simply memorised and regurgitated answers rather than learning to understand the subject matter. – FMT

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