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Education Ministry: UPSR, PT3 cancelled for 2020, don’t be taken in by offers of ’special exams’ online

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
PETALING JAYA: Parents and the public should only believe information from official websites, says the Education Ministry.

The ministry urged parents not to be easily fooled by bogus web pages and information after an online portal was discovered to be offering Ujian Pencapaian Sekokah Rendah (UPSR) and Form 3 Assessment (PT3) “exams” to students.

“We (the Ministry) announced on April 15 that the UPSR and PT3 for year 2020 have been officially cancelled.

“However, it emerged that an online portal has started offering ‘special’ UPSR and PT3 exams that students can sit for online in September and October.


“These ‘special’ exams are not under the Examinations Syndicate’s jurisdiction and have nothing to do with us, ” the ministry said in a statement issued Wednesday (Aug 26).

It added that stern action has been taken against the parties involved in setting up the fake website as they have violated the Education Act 1996 (Act 550).

The ministry advised parents, especially those who have children in Year Six and Form Three, to refer to the ministry and the Examinations Syndicate’s official portal at and to obtain accurate and authentic information.

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PT3 and UPSR cancelled, SPM postponed (updated)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Form Three assessment (PT3) and UPSR 2020 examinations have been cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination this year will also be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“The cancellation of the UPSR exams will not affect students’ assessment of their level of primary education as the assessments can be done in different ways, ” he said in a live address on RTM on Wednesday (April 15).

The UPSR results are commonly used as selection criteria for admission into boarding schools, religious secondary schools (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama), Mara Junior Science Colleges and the Royal Military College.

The ministry will therefore, he said, introduce a new assessment method that is not just focused on academic performance.

“The PT3 exam cancellation too will not affect students’ level assessment at the lower secondary level and a new assessment method will also be introduced.

“The results obtained from this method will be one of the selection criteria for admission to schools like boarding schools and technical schools, ” he said.

These results, he said, will apply to all government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and any educational institutions registered with the ministry.

Schools that are not registered with the ministry are encouraged to use the results as well.

The second-semester examination of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) will now be in August 2020, he said, while the third-semester examination will be in the first quarter of 2021.

He also said the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examinations will be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“We will ensure that under any circumstances, student access to teaching and learning will remain a priority, ” he added.

Noting that the delayed examinations will affect admission into higher education institutions, Radzi said the ministry and the Higher Education Ministry have agreed to postpone the admission dates for foundation, matriculation and diploma programmes to either July or August 2021, while degree programmes will be postponed to either September or October 2021.

On the reopening of schools, he said a decision will be made when the government is certain the situation is better.

“At this stage, reopening schools will only involve those sitting for public examinations, such as SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and international equivalents.

“We will announce the dates of the reopening of schools at least two weeks in advance, ” he said.


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Exam dates rescheduled

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has rescheduled centralised and other major examinations following the extension of the movement control order until April 14.

For the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam dates, the written portion will now be conducted in one phase from Nov 16 to Dec 7.

Originally, the first phase was to start from Oct 5-14 while the second phase was from Nov 2-19.

The Form Three Assessment (PT3) which is scheduled for Sept 28 to Oct 6 will see the Bahasa Malaysia and English Language papers held on Sept 28 and Sept 29 respectively.

However, the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination dates remained unchanged, said the ministry in a statement.

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Semester 2 examination which was initially scheduled for early May has been postponed to Nov 18,19,23 and 24 while the Semester 3 examination will take place as scheduled on Nov 3,4, 5,9 and 10.

The Semester 2 examination was rescheduled to give ample time for schools to manage the remaining second semester.

Separately, all public institutions of higher education (IPTA) must begin the second semester for the current academic year between April 27 and June 1.

The Higher Education Ministry said the decision was made following the extension of the MCO.

“The decision was made after an in-depth discussion with representatives from all IPTAs and private higher education institutions (IPTS) and taking into consideration several factors, ” it said in a statement.

The ministry said among the factors were the latest MCO period and directives regarding Covid-19, students’ safety and welfare, and the Hari Raya holidays which would start on May 24.

The ministry added that it had considered the readiness of higher education institutions to implement teaching and learning using a variety of methods, including online learning, and also the need to end the current semester and begin the new 2020/2021 academic year.

“The first semester of the new academic year is expected to begin in mid-October 2020, ” it said, adding that IPTS were free to choose their own dates based on their own academic calendars and taking into account the above factors.

“Based on this, IPTAs need to manage the return of their students to the campus and take into account the above factors.”

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Tambunan school maintains 100pc UPSR pass

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

TAMBUNAN: Sekolah Kebangsaan Monsok Tengah maintained its 100 per cent excellent performance in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for seven consecutive years, thus contributing to the overall achievement for the examination in the district here.

School Headmaster, Raphael Yahyo attributed the school’s achievement to the efforts and cooperation of all parties, especially teachers, parents and pupils.

He said based on level one of the Evaluation Assessment in Classroom (PBD), language proficiency is a staggering 90 per cent.

“The successful UPSR results has helped Tambunan secure first place in Sabah, with SK Monsok Tengah contributing 100 per cent to the success,” he said during the school’s Jasamu di Kenang and Orientation Transition closing ceremony, here, recently.

He said the three-week orientation programme aimed to get first-year pupils comfortable in the class in addition to building relationship with teachers, pupils and parents.

He said the programme was also to gather ideas from parents on how to further develop the school’s academic development, as well as explain on the roles of the Parent Teachers Association.

He said strong collaboration can maintain the schools’ performance, thus the reason each year they have programmes which can stimulate pupils’ learning and Parent Teachers Association towards success.

The programme also saw recognition given to two teachers, Vincent Tiun and Pius Kiob who will be retiring soon.

By: Yayasan Dalimpos.

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UPSR results released on Thursday

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

PUPILS will be able to collect their Primary School Assessment Reports (PPSR) on Thursday.

Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said the PPSR, a holistic report which documents pupils’ assessments on Classroom, Psychometric, Physical Activities, Sports and Co-curricular and the Ujian Pencapaian Sekokah Rendah (UPSR), can be collected from their schools from 10am.

“Pupils with special needs can also collect the Alternative Primary School Assessment (PASR), ” he said in a statement.

Amin had said that starting from 2017, Year Six pupils would no longer be judged formally based on the number of As they score in their UPSR examination but will also receive formal reports for sports, physical and curricular activities assessment, classroom assessment and psychometric assessment.

All these components are part of the PPSR, he had said.

Pupils can obtain their results through the Short Messaging System (SMS) by sending MySMS to 15888.

“This system will be activated from 10am on Nov 21 to 6pm on Nov 27.

“Relatives can also obtain the results if the pupils are unable to do so, ” he said.

They can also log onto the Examinations Syndicate portal at

A total of 445,641 pupils registered for the UPSR, which was held on Sept 4,5, 10,11 and 12.
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Exam pupils get advice from minister

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Maszlee giving words of advice to pupils sitting for the UPSR at SK Putrajaya Precinct 8 (1) in Putrajaya. – Bernama

EDUCATION Minister Dr Maszlee Malik gave words of advice to pupils from SK Putrajaya Precinct 8 (1) on the first day of the UPSR on Wednesday.

The 2019 UPSR started on Sept 4 and 5 and continues on Sept 10, 11 and 12.

A total of 445,641 candidates registered for the UPSR, which are held at 8,076 centres.

The Education ministry earlier advised all candidates to refer to the timetable, which can be downloaded at, for information related to the assessment exam.

Candidates are reminded to bring their identity cards when sitting for the exam.

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Consider replacing the UPSR

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

EXAMINATIONS are stressful. The word “examination” conjures fear, anxiety and pressure even to adult learners.

School examinations stress school children and take out the fun and joy of the learning process.

The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination is the first public examination for the primary school children in Year Six and is used as the yardstick to measure the proficiency and competency of the children in their Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

The UPSR examination is given much attention and significance by the teachers and the children’s parents.

The results determine the Key Performance Index (KPI) of the schools and teachers’ appraisal.

The headteachers make teachers work very hard and so in turn do the teachers, who want to ensure the children achieve excellent examination results.

To prepare the children for the UPSR, the school teachers would drill the children according to the examination procedure and testing.

For months the children are put through a rigorous learning and teaching process.

Extra classes, holiday classes, night classes, workshops, tuition and trial examinations are the norm for the children.

This year, 440,743 candidates sat for the UPSR at 8,100 exam centres nationwide. The children in national schools sat for six papers while those in vernacular schools sat for eight papers during the examination.

Even university students do not sit for six to eight papers in their tertiary examinations.

The examinations are made even more stressful as they are 100% centralised assessments.

The UPSR should have school based assessments to help them evaluate the children’s full potential.

The UPSR examination is primarily used to gauge how the Year Six children have progressed from Years One to Six and to measure their performance and competency in the primary schooling years.

Contrary to a centralised examination, a school based assessment will be able to adopt tools to measure the development of a child’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social elements more holistically.

A school based assessment will be a more comprehensive assessment of the child’s full potential. A written examination can only test the mental intelligence of a child.

We need to move away from placing too much importance on academic excellence. This is going to be an uphill task because it has been deeply rooted in our mindset that grades and As matter.

Much importance is placed on academic excellence as a pre-requisite to enter good schools and eventually in prestigious careers.

How do we undo this delicate issue?

The only option is to transform the 100% centralised assessment to school based assessment..



UPSR starts on Thursday

Monday, September 17th, 2018

THE Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will be held on Sept 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27.


Candidates are reminded to bring their identity cards when sitting for the exam.

The Examinations Syndicate advised all candidates to refer to the exam timetable. It can be downloaded at

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Parents and pupils welcome PPSR

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

PETALING JAYA: Parents and pupils have welcomed the Primary School Assessment Report (PPSR) as part of the Year Six UPSR results.

Venyaa Sivakumar was one of the 59 Year Six pupils at SK USJ2, Subang Jaya, who sat for the UPSR or Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah.

“I don’t know what to feel as my emotions are all over the place but I am thankful for my results.

“It is a good change (to the system) because not every pupil is academically inclined and neither is everyone into sports and extracurricular activities

Proud of her overall achievement, Venyaa’s mother Rajes Mutthusamy, 44, welcomed the new move.

“Holistically assessing pupils beyond their academic ability is certainly better than the previous methods,” she added.

Delighted with her results, Year Six pupil Aina Atiqah Mohd Afzan said despite being the school head prefect, she managed to pay equal attention to her studies as well as the various components involved.

Jumping for joy: (From left) Aina, Atiqah Marissa Marzuki, Venyaa Sivakumar, Zaira Nadheera Ammar and Nur Alya Zulaikha Zafri Zin celebrating their UPSR results in Subang Jaya.

Jumping for joy: (From left) Aina, Atiqah Marissa Marzuki, Venyaa Sivakumar, Zaira Nadheera Ammar and Nur Alya Zulaikha Zafri Zin celebrating their UPSR results in Subang Jaya.

“The new format is definitely better and I feel it assesses us fairly.

“To enter good schools, we must be excellent in every aspect and not just in academics,” said the pupil who obtained 5As and 1B.

Her mother, Suriyati Maidin, 40, praised the ministry’s decision for not disclosing how schools perform in the UPSR.

“This way, you produce more holistic learners because it is not balanced for children to just focus on exams and not involve themselves in extracurricular activities,” she said.

She believes it is good for their overall learning curve.

The school’s English teacher, who only wanted to be known as Kong, also agreed with the move saying it is commendable to have an assessment as holistic as the PPSR as pupils are not merely evaluated based on their grades.

“Some may be good in sports while some are perhaps more academically inclined.

“As an educator, I welcome this move because if we are stuck with the 20th century’s ways of teaching and learning, we will not move on,” she added.

Starting this year, Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said Year Six pupils would no longer be judged formally based on the number of As they score in their UPSR examination but will also receive formal reports for sports, physical and curricular activities assessment, classroom assessment and psychometric assessment.

“All these components are part of the PPSR,” he said when announcing the analysis yesterday.

“A large portion of pupils showed good and excellent achievements in co-curricular activities,” he said, adding that only 0.2% of pupils were not up to par.

He said 5.6% received an A while 68.9% (302,018 pupils) scored B for their co-curricular assessment.

Dr Amin said the physical assessment showed that 189,929 pupils (43.9%) were active, 168,101 (38.8%) were very active while 40,957 (9.5%) were highly active.

He also said that 63.4% (268,314) had a normal body mass index (BMI) while 13.4% (56,584) were obese and 9.5% (40,347) were underweight.

There were seven constructs for the psychometric assessment with 77.7% showing existential tendencies, 77.3% being more intrapersonal, 68.9% interpersonal, 63.2% naturalistic, 54.4% kinesthetic, 50.3% inclined towards mathematical logic and 43.4% showing visual space tendencies, said Dr Amin.

“The number of pupils scoring straight As this year (in UPSR) increased by 1% to 8,958 (2.1%),” said Dr Amin.
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Is education a journey or a race?

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
In today’s competitive world, the rat race starts early. Excellent grades in academic subjects are the primordial benchmark that sets kids apart from their peers. FILE PIC

UPSR, SPM, STPM, GCE — just a few of the acronyms haunting many young minds at this time of the year. Young minds and their parents alike.

Remember the days when everything was a race? First to reach the bathroom in the morning, first to down their Milo, first to call shotgun for the ride to school. First to sit on the swing at recess, first in line for canteen lunch. First on the school bus to secure the best seat and first to reach the front door and ring the bell. A happy childhood consisted mostly of healthy competition among friends and siblings, a race to be the first in all things that, from an adult’s perspective, don’t really matter.

Most children gladly put their competitive mind to rest between recess and lunch. Pupils used to run out of the classroom, not into it. Hardly anyone pushed and shoved to be the first at the blackboard and try their luck at a complex math formula. Oh, happy childhood days. Not the most ambitious of times, but happy days, nonetheless.

So, what happened? Instead of a rambunctious crowd, today’s pupils march in single file from their parents’ cars onto the school grounds, born down by a school bag so big and heavy that the child who carries it could easily find space to sit in it herself. If Malaysian schools run two sessions per day, a fact that absolutely boggles the outsider’s mind, where are all the students that have the other half of the day off?

Why are they not playing outside, in their front yard, in the neighbourhood park? Why are they not hanging out at the local mall or mamak stall? Where and when are today’s children being children, where are the nation’s teens being pubescent?

Youngsters have no time to be childlike, or rebellious, or sullen, or dreaming, anymore. Youngsters are at tuition. They are at tuition centres that have popped up all over the country like “mushrooms growing after the rain”, to borrow a local saying.

In today’s competitive world, the rat race starts early. Excellent grades in academic subjects are the primordial benchmark that sets kids apart from their peers; the yardstick that determines a parent’s measure of success at their job as a progenitor.

Academic excellence is a must in secondary school; it is even the norm in primary school. Parents and guardians send their scions for after school tuition up to seven days a week. Gymnastics and piano lessons are squeezed in somewhere in between.

The “Asian F” is a very real notion. It is the widespread understanding that an A- is not good enough. The pressure on school children and their parents is growing to unhealthy proportions.

At the same time, many life skills are thrown overboard in a constant effort to be the best among the best. Professors in tertiary education lament the fact that they lecture classes of exceptionally well-instructed students who don’t understand what further education is all about. Students are bright and diligent, but they don’t know how to think critically, how to build an argument, how to debate, or how to work towards a solution as a team.

If parents and schoolchildren willingly submit to the burden of pushing for always better grades, it is in an effort to be best prepared for the real rat race, the demands of modern career perspectives.

However, it seems that academic excellence is not the whole ticket. Employers undoubtedly look favourably upon perfect scores. But, recruiters also look for attributes such as individuality, drive, passion, curiosity. These aren’t skills learned in the classroom, nor in a tuition centre, no matter how well intentioned the teachers and tutors might have been. These character traits are fashioned on the playground, on a football field, in a band, even while playing video games.

At first glance, this argument might come across as irresponsible, dismissive of academic values, rebellious even. It is not. It is simply an attempt at widening the scope of modern education.

A healthy education should be a marvelous journey, not a race. It is a plea for restoring a childhood that leaves space for learning how to fail, in order to better succeed, a childhood that is given the opportunity to grow at one’s individual pace.

It is an appeal, to give children the chance to spend time in a meadow, so that they know how to stop and smell the roses when they grow up.


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