PETALING JAYA: The minimum academic requirement to apply for a place in the country’s fully residential schools for 2017 is 3As and 3Bs in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2016 examinations.
The Education Ministry said that the change in entry policy, requirements and criteria to residential schools was based on the modifications and higher quality of the UPSR 2016 examinations.
“However, the selection and placement rankings of the student in the residential school does not solely depend on their academic achievements in the UPSR,” it said in a statement.
The ministry said the student’s school assessment, physical activity, sports and co-curricular assessment and psychometric assessment reports – which are part of the school-based assessment – will also be taken into account.
The ministry hoped that parents of students who wish to enrol in these schools in 2017 would not worry as the selection process would be fair and based on the students’ entire achievement profile as reflected in their school-based assessment reports.
There are 9,000 places open for Form One in 69 residential schools for the 2017 academic year.
Speaking after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and Microsoft Malaysia yesterday, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the ministry has received 60,000 online applications from pupils who were keen to enter fully residential schools next year.
In a separate statement, Mara said it was reviewing entrance criteria for entry to Form One in Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) for the 2017 school year based on the 2016 UPSR results.
The current entry requirement to MRSM is 6As in the UPSR with priority given to those from the lower income bracket.
In a statement yesterday, it said it would announce the new requirements soon.
There are 7,500 Form One places in MRSM for next year.
It said applications would reopen for three days from Nov 18 to 20 to enable new applications as well as to update those who have already applied at www.mara.gov.my.
Suria Osman, whose two older children attended residential schools, said she was relieved to hear that the entry requirement was now 3As and 3Bs.
“My younger children will have a better chance to enter residential schools,” she said, adding that the older ones needed to score all As previously to be accepted.
She said her son could not apply for MRSM in the past as he had scored 4As and 1B in his UPSR.
Nazreen Mohd Ramly said she hoped her daughter, who obtained 6As in the UPSR, would be able to enter a residential school next year.
“The new requirements mean it will provide equal opportunity for pupils who did not score straight As to apply to these schools. As a parent and teacher, I understand what a disappointment it can be when a pupil is not selected,” she said.
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