KOTA KINABALU: The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) is still relevant in the country’s education system and will be maintained so long as it can adequately assess student performance.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said through the UPSR format using the School-based Assessment (PBS) which started last year, students are not only assessed on their academic performance alone.
Instead, he said, students are assessed on additional criteria such as Psychometric Assessment, and Physical, Sports and Co-curricular Assessment.
“UPSR will continue; we will do so until discussions end with various parties including parents, academicians and professional groups.
“This is because if we want to make any special decision (stopping the implementation of UPSR), it is not easy, it requires detailed research. For now, UPSR will continue until a suitable time,” he said during a visit to oversee the first day of the UPSR exams at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Seri Gaya, here today.
Also in attendance were Education secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof, Sabah Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul and the school’s principal Alhazmi Abdullah.
Mahdzir further explained that the PBS sees assessment done holistically and in line with the system for secondary school entry, especially to boarding schools.
He also requested for all schools to ensure that the UPSR exams, which will be held from today until Sept 18, run smoothly.
“We hope no untoward incidents will happen during this period especially in terms of student safety and disasters like floods.
“I hope parents and guardians can ensure their children are present at school to take the examination according to schedule,” he said.
Sabah has 44,290 candidates sitting for the examination at 1,088 examination centres.
Nationwide, 443,794 candidates are sitting for UPSR, with 433,536 of them from national schools and 10,258 of them from private schools. -NST