MOE: No plans to reintroduce UPSR or PT3

EDUCATION Minister Fadhlina Sidek said that the Education Ministry (MOE) does not plan to bring back the previous system of assessing students through examinations, including major exams such as UPSR and PT3.

“The ministry had transitioned towards school-based assessments following the abolishment of UPSR and PT3, which were taken by Standard Six and Form Three students previously,” she said.

According to the Nibong Tebal MP, school-based assessments were the best approach to making learning more enjoyable for students while developing their potential holistically.

“Therefore, the education ministry does not plan to bring back an examination-based system at this moment. Any decision to reimplement examinations depends on the results of the Malaysia Education Development Plan 2013-2025, which will end in 2025,” Free Malaysia Today quoted her as saying in a written parliamentary reply to Pasir Salak MP Jamaludin Yahya who had asked if the ministry planned to revive the exam-based system.

Fadhlina noted that school-based assessments involved classroom-based, sports and co-curricular as well as psychometric assessments, adding that they also emphasised the formation of good morals, manners and integrity.

Moreover, Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin earlier this month urged Putrajaya to reconsider the abolition of UPSR, claiming that many parents were complaining about their children’s lack of ambition to study.

Furthermore, the MOE announced the abolition of the UPSR and the cancellation of the PT3 exam for the year in April 2021. The latter was abolished in June 2022. — March 16, 2023


Main photo credit: Bernama

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