21 Jun 2010


Abolishing UPSR/PMR: Views Of Teachers, Parents To Be Considered
KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 (Bernama) -- The views of parents and teachers on whether to abolish the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) will be studied before a decision is made.

Director-general of Education Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said the proposed abolishment of the two public examinations as announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday was a positive step for educational development in the country.

However, the views of all concerned parties must be considered and their agreement sought before coming to a decision, he added.

"We will gather the views of parents and teachers through the media before they are forwarded to Tan Sri Muhyiddin for further action," he said when contacted, here Monday.

Alimuddin also agrees with many that the country's education system has been too examination-oriented and change should thus be made, in line with the current education philosophy that places importance on human capital development.

He said with the new move, students' performance for entry into secondary school would be based on the year-end school examination instead of the UPSR like presently.

Meanwhile, secretary of the Peninsular Malaysia College-Trained Teachers Union, Nasir Othman, said he supported in principle the government's proposal so that education in Malaysia would not be so exam-oriented.

"But at the same time, we should not make a hasty decision as it requires an in-depth study, especially from the aspects of administration and so on," he said when contacted.

He added that scheduled evaluation must be carried out to ensure what was taught in the classroom would have an impact on the students' level of knowledge.

Parent Action Group for Education president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, however, disagreed with the government's proposal as she is concerned that there would be no proper yardstick for the students' performance and schools' ranking.

She instead suggested that the Education Ministry abolish the internal term examinations and the likes, as "they do not teach students to think and solve problems which are important to prospective employers".

Sumber: BERNAMA, 21/6/2010

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