PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) is not an examination at a certification level but a checkpoint in assessing pupils' performances in literacy, numeracy and reasoning at primary level. said today.
In a statement on Monday (Sept 24) the Malaysian Examinations Board said the Education Ministry was keen to reduce emphasis on examinations and would not turn the UPSR into a higher stake assessment that could put pressure on students, schools and parents.
“The main focus of the Ministry of Education on UPSR is to identify the minimum level of a pupil's achievement after six years of primary schooling.
“In this regard, large-scale media coverage is feared will cause a diversion of the ministry's intention that it could not be attained,” it said.
The statement also urged the media to assist the Ministry of Education by communicating information on examination dates, including an understanding of the national education assessment system.
“There will be no press conference for the announcement of the UPSR results this year,” the ministry said.
A total of 440,743 candidates have registered to sit for UPSR at 8,100 centres which will be held on Sept 20, 24 and 27. - Bernama