UPSR test abolished, PT3 cancelled for 2021 – Minister

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MALAYSIA EDUCATION

KUALA LUMPUR APR.28: The Ministry of Education has decided to abolish the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) for Primary Six students while the Form Three Assessment Examination (PT3) is cancelled for 2021.

Senior and Education Minister, (MOE), Datuk Dr. Mohd. Radzi Md. Jidin said, the Class Room Assessment (PBD) will be empowered to replace UPRS that will be abolished starting 2021.

Mohd. Radzi said, the PBD has been used for students in the remove classes and entry to boarding schools last year and the same criteria will be used next year. However the concept for the PT3 will remain even though it is cancelled in 2021.

The PBD is a continuous assessment in the teaching and learning session to get information on the development, progress, capability and achievement of the students.

“The decision to abolish UPSR is made after getting information and feedbacks from the heads of schools and teachers, teacher/parent associations and the students themselves.

“For most parents and students, scoring 6A in UPSR is the ultimatum and to obtain 6B is regarded not excellent. Both parents and students said they were very stressful in the preparation process for the examination while the teachers have to spend a lot time to focus on the UPSR,” Mohd. Radzi said at the press conference held here today.

The Minister added, some parents have sent their children to tuition classes as early as Primary One just to prepare for the UPSR.

Responding to a question, the Minister said, the PBD is implemented in the whole education system where intervention could be applied according to the capability of the student. The students’ achievement will be recorded accordingly together with the academic results.

“Without UPSR the teachers and students could focus on other aspects such as innovation and creative work so that the education perspective is more holistic,” Mohd. Radzi said.-Malaysia World News   

   


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