Tuesday, 29 November 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) supports the proposal to abolish Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for Year Six pupils.
“We came to this conclusion because a lot of pressure is placed on teachers to get their students to score,” said its president Kamarozaman Abd Razak yesterday.
“Pupils who score As are not necessarily better than those who don’t. A lot of emphasis is placed on pupils scoring As, but not on producing those with critical thinking skills.”
Assessments can be based on six different rungs. Pupils are graded on how they understand and perform in a particular subject, said Kamarozaman.
“We want students who are competent and not robots who just memorise answers,” he said. “The school-based assessments idea would be a move in the right direction, as it places the grading power with the school and teachers. They know the pupils’ strengths and weaknesses better,” he added.
Additionally, the union’s secretary- general Datuk Lok Yim Pheng emphasised that there should still be an assessment held in schools, even when there is no more main exams.
“Instead of having examinations which focus on grades, we should have a school-based assessment,” she said.
Last week, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the decision on UPSR will only be made next year.
He said the Ministry had started its analysis based on the views of local academicians, modules from other countries that could be introduced and also from experienced school teachers, and was considering a suitable time to make a decision.