UPSR and PT3 exams gone for good, says Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education stands by its decision not to reinstate the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) and Form Three Assessment (PT3), despite parents’ demands for the reintroduction of public examinations.

Deputy Education Minister Mohamad Alimin said that UPSR and PT3 exams have been abolished as the ministry wants to produce human capital with skills in various fields which are not limited to academic fields.

“We have explained several times that this time we are taking a more inclusive approach, not just based on exams. We want to produce human capital with capabilities in many other areas.

“Malaysia is moving towards a more developed country, we want to provide the country with human capital with diverse expertise. That’s the main goal,” he told reporters after closing a program in Putrajaya. today.

Alimin said this when asked to comment on media reports that more and more parents want the UPSR exam reinstated on the grounds that the Ministry of Education is not ready to implement. classroom assessments (PBD) as a unique approach to the assessment system in schools.

The goal of the PBD is to reduce the emphasis on academic achievement through examinations, thereby allowing students to enjoy learning.

However, educators and parents pointed out that many uncertainties weigh on the system and call for its overhaul.

They say the ministry has yet to meet the three main prerequisites of the PBD regarding the ideal number of students in a class to facilitate teacher monitoring and evaluation; a syllabus not too dense to leave room for various activities in class; and full teacher autonomy to assess students.

On April 28 this year, the Ministry of Education abolished the UPSR exam and said it would strengthen school-based assessments (PBS) and PBD.

On June 2, the ministry announced that the PT3 would be abolished from this year and replaced by the strengthening of the PBS approach.