KUANTAN – The Malaysian Congress of Teachers Unions in the Education Service welcomed the enhancement on the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) format involving the English Language paper.
Its president Datuk Mohamed Sabri Mohd Arsad said the move next year to grade comprehension and writing separately would effectively gauge the pupils’ proficiency in the subject.
“This is the best form of assessment for the pupils after six years of learning the English language in school and to hopefully improve their proficiency,” he told reporters at a parent-teachers function at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) St Thomas here today.
The new format which also involved the Bahasa Melayu, Chinese Language, Tamil Language and Science subjects was revealed by Malaysian Examinations Board (MEB) director Nawal Salleh yesterday.
In this regard, UPSR candidates in SK will get six grades compared to the current five, while those in national type (SJK) Chinese and Tamil schools will get eight grades instead of seven.
Mohamed Sabri also hoped the Education Ministry would familiarise the relevant teachers with the new format and allow them sufficient time to explain it to the candidates.
“There have been grouses from teachers on the questions that appeared in the UPSR, some of which they themselves were not able to answer and parents have claimed that some of the questions were not even from the syllabus,” he said. – BERNAMA