KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will announce next year if the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will be abolished and replaced with a school-based assessment system.
Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a study is underway to determine if the examinations for Year Six pupils would be continued.
“We will announce the decision next year if the UPSR is to be continued following the findings of the study,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby.
He said the study involved looking at education models in South Korea, Finand and France where emphasis is less on examination but on the overall performance of a student.
“In some systems, there are no examinations at all.
“Students are instead evaluated under a school assessement system that takes into account their overall performance after five or six years,” he added.
Earlier in Dewan, Mahdzir clarified that the implementation of the new UPSR format was announced in 2010 with the examinations implemented in 2016.
He said the assessment was based not only on a student’s academic performance but overall performance in school covering participation in curriculum activities and discipline.
He was asked by Ahmad Baihaki Atiquallah (PAS-Kubang Kerian) to explain the dip in the UPSR results with regard to straight A students.
Ahmad said that only 1.11 per cent of the 440,782 pupils who sat for the exams, or 4,896 pupils, scored straight A’s.
He said this was a stark contrast to the 2015 results where 38,344 pupils secured all A’s under the previous format.