KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) or Lower Secondary Assessment examination would be replaced with Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) or Form 3 Assessment, beginning this year.
The Deputy Prime Minister said through the implementation of improvements in the Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) or School-Based Assessment on April 1, there would no longer be any centralised examination for Form 3 students implemented at the school level.
"PT3 replaces PMR. There is some form of assessment at the school level. The PT3 will be used as the basis to determine the entry of students into Form 4 whether in Fully Residential Schools, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama, Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) including Sekolah Menengah Teknik (SMT) and Vocational Colleges.
"Besides the PT3, entry into these schools will also use the Psychometric Test to ensure that the selection and emplacement of students suited their capability and interest," he said.
Muhyidddin, who is also the Education Minister, said this at a special media conference, which was also attended by the major players in the country's education system such as the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) at Parliament House, here today.
He said the schools would inform the results of the performance assessment of the students at the end of the year the assessment was made and the student concerned could request for the result slip to go to any fully residential school.
Muhyiddin said the PT3 for the subjects Bahasa Melayu and English Language would be implemented by using the written test and oral test assessment instrument.
"The Science, Mathematics, Islamic Education, Living Skills, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, Iban and Kadazandusun language subjects will use the written test assessment instruments only.
"The History and Geography subjects will be assessed using various instruments such as written assigments, practical tests, projects, field studies or case studies," he said.
He said that through the PT3, the schools would administer, assess and provide the score on the assessment based on the instruments and significant scoring regulation guide provided by the Examination Board (LP).
Muhyiddin said that the LP and the external evaluator appointed by the LP would implement the moderation and verification before the report was released. - Bernama