PIBGN Urges Education Ministry To Postpone New UPSR Format

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry has been urged to postpone the new format of the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR), scheduled for implementation next year, to give ample time to teachers and students to make preparations.

National Parent-Teacher Associations Consultative Council (PIBGN) president Associate Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Ali said such a drastic change in a short time would adversly affect the performance of the pupils.

“The UPSR English paper will be separated into comprehension and writing from next year under the new format.

“I am of the opinion the new UPSR format is set to repeat what had happened to the Form Three Assessment Test (PT3) when the number of students obtaining A dropped compared to the Lower Secondary assessment examination (PMR),” he said when contacted by Bernama here.

He was commenting on the statement by Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof on Tuesday that the ministry would maintain its decision to separate the UPSR English paper into comprehension and writing from next year despite calls by the National Union of Teaching Profession to postpone it.

Mohamad Ali said teachers and students would surely face difficulties to make preparation in a short time although it was aimed at empowering the English Language.

“The new format will impact on rural students because they don’t fully master English compared to urban students. The latter communicate in English with their parents and friends,” he said.

The ministry should hold briefings and detailed explanations on the new UPSR examination format to teachers nationwide to ensure it went smoothly later, said Mohamad Ali.


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