BESUT, 21 JUNE, 2010: Academicians generally support the government's move to abolish the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), but urged that a thorough study be done first.
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Teruk dah negara kita..thee he he
Teruk sangat dah ni..thee he he betul kata Mat Derih Jala..
M'sia akan bangkrap tak lama lagi..thee he he
Masuk akal kalau biasiswa tidak lagi ditawarkan kpd pelajar-pelajar..
Masuk akal kalau budget sekolah dipotong 20%..
Masuk akal kalau cikgu tak boleh claim overtime..thee he he
Amat tak masuk akal kalau exam sekolah rendah pun nak dihapuskan..
Dah tak ada duit sangat ke..
Banyak sangat ke bagi kat APCO..thee he he sampai nak conduct exam pun dah tak berduit?
Habis pegi sekolah pagi petang nak buat hapa??
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Many of them, however, agree that the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination be continued in order to gauge the students' academic performance before they enter the job market.
Senior lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia's School of Educational Studies, Assoc Prof Dr Hashim Othman, said what came out of the UPSR and PMR all this while was a culture of examination-oriented education and which did not really produce knowledgeable or skilled students.
He said the school system from the primary level up to Form Three should be based on how far the students could solve problems.
"It's even better if they can apply the education they receive in school in their everyday life," he told Bernama when asked to comment on the government's plan.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, who is also Education Minister, had said that the government was now studying the proposal to scrap the two examinations before making a decision.
Speaking after opening the Pagoh Umno division delegates' meeting yesterday, he said education in Malaysia was too exam-oriented with learning of subjects more towards obtaining excellent grades in the public examinations.
Hashim said a good example of the effects of exam-oriented education was the failure of students to communicate well although they did well in their Bahasa Melayu and English language exam papers or to solve problems even if they passed their examinations with flying colours.
Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Jamian from Universiti Putra Malaysia's Faculty of Educational Studies, said primary education should instead focus on teaching pupils to master reading, writing and arithmetic.
He said the UPSR emphasised too much on the individual's achievement, causing parents to lose focus and putting pressure on their children to get
"I agree if examinations are managed by schools, and the district or state education offices to measure the students' achievement at the end of the year."
Abdul Rashid also agreed if at the secondary level, students were given education according to their capability or skills, for example, in Science,
technical subjects, arts or craft.
He also feels that the Living Skills subject should be strengthened at the secondary level before the students sit for their SPM exam.
Advisor of the Bahasa Melayu Educators Association, Professor Emeritus Abdullah Hassan said there should be a comprehensive study done before the government could decide whether to scrap the UPSR and PMR.
Meanwhile, in KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Education Committee chairman Datuk Masidi Manjun agreed today that the proposal to abolish UPSR and PMR examinations needs careful and thorough study as it has great implications on the country's education system,
Masidi, who is Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, told Bernama: "We need to look seriously (into the matter) and analyse our entire
education system to find the strengths and weaknesses so that we are in a better position to determine the correct direction of changes and innovation, and vocational marketability is just one issue."
He was asked to comment on the statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday that the UPSR and PMR examinations might be abolished as part of government efforts to restructure the learning system which was seen as too examination-oriented and having failed to provide a holistic education.
"I applaud the deputy prime minister's effort to improve the education system of the country. But, by the same token, I sincerely believe that any change would have to start with the mindset of policy makers, teachers and those responsible for the development of schools in the country," Masidi said.
He said: "Any change can only be successful if they themselves change the way they see their proper role in the system.
"For instance, the managerial capacity and quality of educationists and policy makers would have to be upgraded before any real change can take place.
"We should also be mindful of the fact that we are part of the global community and any change would have to address the issue of global acceptance of our new education system," he said.
Masidi said the deputy prime minister himself admitted that the government would solicit public feedback before making a decision on the matter.
He said that in the case of Sabah, the most pertinent issue was provision of basic learning infrastructure, especially in the rural areas.
"We not only need schools with good basic facilities like proper classrooms and hostels but we need competent teachers to teach strategic subjects like Mathematics, Science and English.
"A student can only do well in upper secondary education if he has the privilege of going through his early education with all the education aids available at his disposal. In other words, his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results depend on the quality of education he has gone through in the preceding 10 years of his schooling," he said.