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.