Twit­ter poll: More want UPSR to stay

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

SIXTY per cent of peo­ple who re­sponded in the first three days of a sur­vey via Twit­ter by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said “no” to any plan to scrap the UPSR (Ujian Pen­ca­pa­ian Seko­lah Ren­dah), Nanyang Siang Pau re­ported yes­ter­day.

In dis­clos­ing this, Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon said: “(How­ever), I don’t have the lat­est fig­ures”.

“Fol­low­ing sup­port shown by Jiao Zong (United Chi­nese School Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion) and the Na­tional Union of Heads of Chi­nese Schools for plans to do away with UPSR, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has started to collect feed­back at the grass­roots level, es­pe­cially from par­ents,” Chong told re­porters af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the 18th World of Chi­nese Book Fair at Mines 2 in Seri Kem­ban­gan on Satur­day.

Mahdzir had said ear­lier a de­ci­sion on whether to abol­ish UPSR would be made next year.

Chong said the “is­sue” at hand is the par­ents’ and pub­lic’s opin­ions.

If they do not sup­port the move to scrap UPSR, the min­istry can­not move ahead with ed­u­ca­tional re­form, he said, ex­press­ing hope that par­ents would co­op­er­ate with the govern­ment on the mat­ter.

“They (those who op­posed) cited three rea­sons i.e. scrap­ping UPSR would re­sult in pupils slack­ing in their stud­ies; par­ents not know­ing the level of chil­dren’s learn­ing abil­ity; and par­ents’ wor­ries that their chil­dren would not be pro­moted to top sec­ondary schools (which is done based on UPSR re­sults),” Chong said, adding that once UPSR is abol­ished, the min­istry will grad­u­ally cut down on pupils’ home­work.

He said par­ents will have to change their mind­sets as “giv­ing more home­work to pupils doesn’t mean the teach­ers are more hard­work­ing or this par­tic­u­lar school is bet­ter (than oth­ers not giv­ing so much home­work).

Ahmad Zahid re­ceiv­ing a gift from Umno ed­u­ca­tion bu­reau chief Tan Sri Ibrahim Shah Abu Shah (sec­ond from right) and bu­reau sec­re­tary Datuk Mat Rosli Mat Has­san at the event.

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