‘ Do away with UPSR’

> Teach­ers’ union sup­ports move to avoid pres­sur­ing pupils for As

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN AND VATHANI PANIRCHELLVUM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Na­tional Union of the Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion (NUTP) has sup­ported the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s pro­posal to abol­ish the Ujian Pen­ca­pa­ian Seko­lah Ren­dah (UPSR).

Its pres­i­dent, Ka­maroza­man Abd Razak, said the move was nec­es­sary to avoid pupils from be­ing pres­sured into ob­tain­ing As based on a cen­tralised ex­am­i­na­tion alone, and that a school-based as­sess­ment was a more ap­pro­pri­ate sys­tem.

He said the call by NUTP was also made af­ter sev­eral quar­ters had ques­tioned the qual­ity of teach­ers in the coun­try fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that only 1.11% of stu­dents ob­tained straight As in UPSR this year.

“We don’t agree with the per­cep­tion that teach­ers should be blamed. And the pupils, on the other hand, should be ex­posed to their ca­reer paths, in­stead of be­ing judged sim­ply by their UPSR re­sults,” he told a press con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day, adding that the Malaysian Ex­am­i­na­tion Board should dis­close its method of grading the pupils’ UPSR per­for­mance.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had, on Oct 28, sug­gested to do away with UPSR in favour of school-based as­sess­ment, sim­i­lar to that prac­tised by de­vel­oped coun­tries.

Ka­maroza­man said the de­ci­sion to sup­port the pro­posal was made fol­low­ing a meet­ing with 73 NUTP exco mem­bers.

He said the exco mem­bers have yet to ob­tain feed­back from other teach­ers un­der the union but main­tained that the de­ci­sion was shared by most par­ents fol­low­ing feed­back from the past.

Par­ent Ac­tion Group for Ed­u­ca­tion Malaysia (PAGE) also sup­ported the call for a school based as­sess­ment sys­tem.

Its chair­man, Noor Az­imah Rahim, said that mov­ing away from the cur­rent ex­am­i­na­tion ori­en­tated sys­tem would en­able pupils to de­velop more skills other than just mem­o­ris­ing.

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