Ministry to obtain feedback from stakeholders on replacing UPSR

The ministry intends to gather feedback on the proposal to have a school assessment-based system. —filepic

BATU PAHAT: The Education Ministry will engage stakeholders over the proposal to replace the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) with a school assessment-based system.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry would gather feedback from stakeholders like the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP), district education offices (PPD), Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), academics and other agencies.

"As an example, the PPD in each district will meet with all PTAs under its jurisdiction to obtain their views over the move.

"We hope to get feedback from stakeholders within the next six months before the ministry makes a final decision.

“We will implement it within the next five years," he said after launching the back-to-school programme organised by Parit Sulong parliamentary service centre at MSRM Batu Pahat here.

He pointed out that school-based assessment had already been practised in schools here.

"In the current UPSR format, pupils are judged on their academic results.

“Under the proposed new system, other aspects will also be taken into consideration such as their academic and co-curriculum participation as well as their disciplinary record,” added Mahdzir.

Last month, Mahdzir said any decision on the UPSR will only be made next year.

He said the ministry was obtaining the views of local academics and modules from other countries.

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