Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ministry proposes to abolish UPSR, PMR: Step up examination oriented education system.

The Ministry of Education, will propose Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) to be abolished to allow students in the country occupying only one public examination during 11 years of schooling.
Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said the proposed abolition of the examination to the government would change the education system, which is too examination-oriented cause the goal to produce well rounded human capital with high skills failed to achieve.

However, he said, the two examinations may also be continued, but not the status of public examinations such as the present, but as evaluating student achievement at the school level only.

Muhyiddin, who is also Minister of Education said the proposal to maintain only one examination at the school level is also associated with measures to reform the system of ministries of education and change of curriculum in schools.

He said, at this time, the education system is too prone to the examination, resulting in teachers is too focused to achieve excellence in examinations, and students are too focused on efforts to excel in the initial examination only.

However, Muhyiddin said he did not rush to make the decision to abolish the test, because the need to study the implications, other than to welcome the views of all parties, including educators, students and community.

He said his study also found that no other country has a lot of exams, such as in Malaysia, but some countries have only one exam only at the school level.

He said the reduction of examination in schools that allow students to have more time to focus on specific subjects and sports activities, thus providing a positive impact on the overall education means education.