By Patrick Beech
The Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) and Form Three Assessment (PT3) in the national education system was abolished to ensure school-based assessments (PBS) can be implemented effectively.
According to Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, the implementation of PBS was not new as it had already started in 2011.
However, he said, teachers still focused too much on examinations to ensure students obtained excellent results.
“When there was a plan to abolish the exams, people asked how could we abolish (the exams) as we are not ready with PBS. In fact, PBS has been implemented since 2011. It has been in the system for more than 10 years, but teachers continued to focus on exams,” he said.
He continued by saying that the abolition of UPSR and PT3 was also to ensure that teachers could implement teaching and learning (PdP) in a more creative and innovative way to ensure an enjoyable learning environment.
“That is why we are doing the transformation that we see as a whole, not just the abolition of UPSR and PT3, but also to train teachers to be more creative,” he added.
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