Form 1 ad­mis­sion cri­te­ria re­laxed


A GRADE “D” in Ba­hasa Malaysia (BM) in the UPSR (Ujian Pen­ca­pa­ian Seko­lah Ren­dah) will be the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Year 6 pupils from national-type Chinese pri­mary schools to be ad­mit­ted to Form 1 next year.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Chong Sin Woon said on Satur­day Chinese school pupils who ob­tain a min­i­mum “D” in BM in the re­cently re­leased UPSR re­sults can skip the tran­si­tion class.

He said the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is com­ing up with a new cir­cu­lar on the de­tails.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Ori­en­tal Daily News yes­ter­day, the min­istry has al­ready no­ti­fied all state ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments to re­scind a cir­cu­lar it is­sued on Oct 18 re­gard­ing the new re­quire­ments for UPSR can­di­dates for ad­mis­sion to Form 1 next year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Oct 18 cir­cu­lar, only those who ob­tained a min­i­mum of grade “C” in BM (both com­pre­hen­sion and com­po­si­tion pa­pers) would be able to skip the tran­si­tion class.

It is be­lieved the new cri­te­ria for en­try to Form 1 was made to match the low­er­ing of the pass­ing grade to “D”, from “C” pre­vi­ously.

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