BANGI: The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) may be abolished in favour of a totally School-Based Assessment system, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
Mahdzir said that if he had his way, he would do away with the UPSR.
“Constant exams are not the way. In developed countries, you get assessed only when you are at the end of your high school term,” he said after addressing more than 800 counsellors from government schools on Wednesday.
He stressed that this was his personal opinion and not the official ministry position.
“It is still early and the ministry is studying the matter. It will not be implemented yet as it may cause an uproar among parents,” he said.
Under the new system this year, pupils in national schools would sit for six papers with a second paper for English while those in vernacular schools would sit for eight papers.
Mahdzir also said that he would accompany Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he meets Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma in China next week.