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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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UPSR To Continue Until It Is Time For It To Be Replaced – Mahdzir

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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KOTA KINABALU, Sept 11 (Bernama) — Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the existing Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) would continue to be held until a time appropriate for the system to be replaced.

He said a study to identify a suitable system to replace the UPSR was still being carried out by getting feedback from interested parties, including parents.

“UPSR will continue to be held until we have discussed with all the quarters involved. This engagement takes along time, with parents, professionals, unions, academicians, all have them to sit together,” he said.

He told this reporters after a visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Gaya here, today, to observe the running of the UPSR examination, which began today.

Also present were Education Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad, Education Director-General Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and Sabah Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul.

In a related development, Mahdzir said the achievement report for this year’s Year 6 students would be made in a holistic manner, where it would not be based only on their academic performance or UPSR result, but also to take into account other aspects, such as co-curriculum, personality, sport and others under the School-based Assessment.

“So, the marks given to a student are not only in academic. We want to look at the student’s achievement holistically,” he said, adding that the assessment would benefit the students when they want to pursue studies.

A total of 443,794 candidates are sitting for the UPSR examination nationwide, with about 44,000 of them in Sabah.

The UPSR candidates comprised 433,536 students from government and government-aided schools, with the remaining from private schools.


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443,794 Candidates To Sit For UPSR This Year

Friday, September 8th, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 7 (Bernama) — A total of 443,794 candidates will be sitting for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah 2017 from Sept 11 to 14 and Sept 18.

The Ministry of Education in a statement today said from the total, 433,536 were government and government-aided school candidates while 10,258 were private school candidates.

The examination will involve 8,085 centres nationwide as well as 51,363 examination personnel.

According to the ministry, the Examination Syndicate had reminded all candidates to refer to the examination schedule for information on the examination timing as well as directives and warnings which should be adhered to during the examination.

The schedule could be downloaded from the Examination Syndicate website at


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Testing time for UPSR candidates and parents

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

MANY people are unhappy with the results of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) because they feel the switch to the new format was too jarring.

This year, fewer than 5,000 pupils scored straight As out of the 440,782 who sat for the examinations in September. In contrast, 38,344 UPSR candidates had all As in 2015.

It is as if the pool of top Year Six students receded dramatically in just one year.

The Education Ministry has made it clear that it is not useful to make that comparison because the UPSR has been revamped this year in line with the recommendations of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2015.

This is the first time that the examination is based on the Pri­mary School Standard Curri­culum (better known by its Bahasa Malaysia acronym KSSR), which the ministry began rolling out in 2011.

That means greater emphasis on higher-order thinking skills such as analysing, critical thinking, hypo­thesising and decision making

According to the Examinations Syn­­dicate, this year’s As were awarded to those who showed strong thinking skills in the science papers, were able to elaborate and articulate well in the language subjects, and solved the mathematics questions using clear steps.

“We want to recognise the academic achievements of these excellent pupils and differentiate them from the normal pupils,” said Examinations Syndicate director Datin Nawal Salleh.

The trouble is, many of these “normal pupils” are accustomed to the idea that As are plentiful as long as they remember what the tea­chers taught and the questions they attempted before the UPSR.

Naturally, these 12-year-olds are shocked and dejected when their results fall short, particularly if they had done well in their trial exams. And their parents are upset, too.

In the world of business and management, this would have been diagnosed as a case of poorly managed expectations.

Students and parents were not ready for the fact that the As will not flow as easily as they used to, at least not during the early days of the new format.

And it appears that the schools and the ministry have not sent a clear message (until now, that is) that rote learning and predicting exam topics and questions, are no longer enough to produce high marks.

There is much about the new format that has to sink in, and questions remain about how well the students understand what is expected of them in the UPSR.

Meanwhile, this is the time for the adults to address the pupils’ confusion and dismay. These young ones need to understand what has happened and why.

It should be explained to the children that they need to see the results in the proper perspective. The Bs, Cs, Ds and Es – or the As, for that matter – do not represent the sum of a person. By no means do poor UPSR grades signify the end of the road.

The students need to learn about resilience and adaptability. And yes, the higher-order thinking skills will serve them well, too.

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New format to suit blueprint needs

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The UPSR results cannot be compared to the results of previous years because there has been a change in the format this year, said Examinations Syndicate director Datin Nawal Salleh.

Explaining the sudden drop in UPSR 2016 results on Friday, Nawal said that the UPSR format was changed to suit the aspirations of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015.

The format had remained the same for the past decade, she added.

Parents and pupils were upset with the results but Nawal pointed out those who scored straight this year were clearly “outstanding” and that set them apart from the rest of the candidates.

One of the aspirations of the Blueprint was to produce students who had thinking skills and this had been clearly reflected by those who scored straight As.

“They had strong thinking skills (in science), were able to elaborate and articulate well (in the language examinations), and could demonstrate clear steps when tackling mathematics questions,” she said.

On Thursday, Education director-general Tan Sri Khair Mohamad Yusof said that a total of 4,896 pupils scored straight They were 1.1% of the 440,782 candidates who sat for the examinations, compared to 38,344 or 17.7% out of 337,384 candidates last year, under the old format.

She said this year’s UPSR candidates were the first batch who used the new KSSR (Primary School Standard Curriculum) from 2011.

The UPSR is a centralised examination that is based on the KSSR, she reiterated.


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Passing UPSR with flying colours

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

SUSPENSE filled the air as the 46 pupils who sat for the UPSR at SJK(T) Ladang Edinburgh in Kuala Lumpur waited for their results to be read out.

One pupil obtained 8As, two got 6As and one got 5As.

Sri Darshini Thiruselvam, 12, who scored 8As, said: “Although I got 8A’s in my trial exam, I didn’t expect to get the same results (in the actual exam) because the Mathematics paper was very difficult.” Her mother, Balwir Kaur, who was on her way to the school when the results were announced, swung by a shop to get her daughter’s favourite chocolate to celebrate.

“Darshini had been preparing for this exam since January. At home, she spent most of her time studying. I would tell her, ‘Enough!’ and ask her to go to sleep or to take a break.

“It is just an exam. It is not the end of the world!” said Balwir.

Darshini’s schoolmate, Devyaan Mageswaran, who scored 6As, said: “The exam was hard, especially the Tamil and English paper as it asked a lot of tough questions.”

Devyaan credits his good results to the school, which held extra classes six days a week, and to his mother, Vasantha Ramachandaran, who “helps me study, gives me advice, and takes care of me”.

Vasantha said she was happy with his results.

“This is the first year that the UPSR format has changed, and also the first time the pupils sat for a second English paper.”

Prior the the exam, the diligent mother helped her son prepare by going online and getting different papers for him to practice with.

“Because of the new syllabus, we couldn’t practice by doing past year questions.

“So I would visit online parent groups to get question papers from different schools and states. These were shared by parents,” she said.

Prisha Mahendran also obtained 6As. “I was hoping to get 8As. I was not used to the new format, but I tried my best,” she said.

To celebrate her results, she said her parents would be taking her out to eat.

SJK(T) Ladang Edinburgh headmistress Theresa Ayyakkannu was happy with her pupils’ performance.

“We have a 100% passing rate for Mathematics and Science.

“The passing rate for all the other subjects have also improved,” she said.

She praised everyone including the pupils’ parents and teachers for their hard work.

“The teachers put in a lot of time and energy, even coming to school during the weekends to teach extra classes. Parents cooperated with the school and our pupils have put in a lot of effort too,” she added.


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