New concerns over Form 1

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

WITH the UPSR re­sults out, many par­ents’ con­cern has now shifted to whether na­tion­al­type Chi­nese pri­mary school pupils would be pro­moted to Form 1 next year.

Ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, the Tran­si­tion Class, which is meant to pre­pare pupils who are poor in Ba­hasa Malaysia for Form 1, will not be scrapped for now, but UPSR re­sults will not be the only means to de­ter­mine whether a can­di­date will be pro­moted to Form 1.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in China Press yes­ter­day, the min­istry cir­cu­lar dated Oct 18 said can­di­dates who failed their BM in UPSR can ap­peal for ex­emp­tion from Tran­si­tion Class stud­ies based on their school BM ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults for Years 4-6.

How­ever, the fi­nal de­ci­sion rests with the state ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment.

The cir­cu­lar also said na­tional-type Chi­nese and Tamil schools have to set up their own com­mit­tees headed by their re­spec­tive school head­mas­ters to ac­cess pupils’ ap­peals for ex­emp­tion from Tran­si­tion Class stud­ies.

The cir­cu­lar also stated that those who ob­tained grade C for BM in UPSR will be pro­moted to Form 1.

Those who failed in the sub­ject in UPSR but do not want to go to Tran­si­tion Class can ap­peal through their re­spec­tive school com­mit­tee, pro­vided that they have ob­tained at least grade C for the sub­ject in their school ex­am­i­na­tions for Years 4, 5 and 6.

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