Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Should We Abolish UPSR & PMR Examination ?

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examinations may be abolished.

Should we agree with the suggestion? Well, at least this is something that we can discuss about.

Well, I think it’s inappropriate to abolish the UPSR and PMR examination. There are so many things that will affect if the education ministry should abolish these two exams.

As we all know, UPSR is a public exam that has to be taken for all the standard 6 students, before they proceed from primary school to the secondary school. While PMR is a public exam for a form 3 student, for them to be divided to enter the difference streams, such as science stream, art stream and etc.

First question, how to decide whether the child is in Arts or Science when they face SPM if the PMR to be abolished?

The minister said that these two exams will be replaced with the school assessment. "As such, the UPSR and PMR could be used to pick students for residential schools or streaming." Base on the comment made by DPM.
How do we measure the student performance if both exams held internally? Different schools will definitely have different standards. This will be unfair and it will lead to the fight among the parents, among the teachers and among the students.
Second question, how they want to choose students who get to study at boarding school or daily school? 

Are they going to pick the name randomly like what they did with the National Services candidates? This will also lead to the misunderstanding and trouble in the future.

Third question, how about the so-many-type of school such as cluster school lah, smart school lah, and others to be classified if these two exams be abolished? Coz there would be no proper yardstick for the students' performance and schools' ranking. It seems like they try to create something that oppose to their first creation.

Then, regarding to the teachers, when public exams are abolished, teachers will not be as creative as what the minister expected. When there is no public exam pressure, most teachers will take teaching likely. Syllabus need not be completed and students will take lessons likely. Weaker students will just ignore lessons in classes. Truancy will increase. Currently, teachers teaching exam classes face the pressure to produce good results. They have to conduct extra classes if they cannot finish the syllabus. With no public exam, teachers will not be bothered if they cannot complete the syllabus. Since exams are conducted internally, they just set questions on topics that they had covered.
And the rakyat must be wonder how much research has been done on this? What is the alternative PRACTICAL mode to be introduced to help students to become more imaginative in their approach in their reasoning and adaptation to the changing world. All the details are unknown and with a declaration, changes are made.
As it is, the fault in the educational system needs more than just a mere announcement that we are going to do this or that. We need a total revamp in the approach, not just the abolition of tests/examinations.
And will the minister, please explain what are the actual changes? One day, he says we need to add 1student 1sport, next to include Tamil and Mandarin and now abolished UPSR and PMR. It is very confusing with these flip flop decisions.
Because there were so many plans, so many idea to change this and that. It should be done with the proper study first before easily put it on practice.
We are just trying to kid ourselves that we can find revolutionary method to change the level of education overnight. Please stick to the fundamentals first before introducing further changes which the majority of the students will not be able to cope with.
Maybe the real thing that should be abolished is the Education & Higher Education Ministries instead of UPSR and PMR. What the country needs is an Education Commission appointed by the King to supervise and set standards. At the state level, there should be Education Boards. Allow greater choices in education.
But if they still want to abolish these two exams, I would love to suggest a step further.
Just mention that there will be NO EXAMS at all and everybody will be guaranteed a job after completing SPM. No need for teachers or schools or books for that matter. So it will be easier when the student go for the interview later where the interviewers don’t need to ask anything at all.
Otherwise, just be firm and enough of with the flip flop decisions.

PS : Leave me a comment whether u agree or not to abolish the UPSR and PMR public examnination.


Dakwat Basah! said...

this suggestion just like Minister had nothing to do now, so create a job, and it's worthless. for example, if i've free time and nothing to do, i'll play counter strike game, and this is to fill my free time only and it's worthless. but at least i wont affect student and Malaysian future. In this case, this idea gonna destroy study's spirit itself. no need to study hard anymore. when it's come to certain level of thinking, the good student will remain good and no more progress. while slow student will remain slow until die. if the job opportunity is for student who have D level of thinking, it's gonna destroy economy and this country at same time. But if government plan to keep Malaysian student being stupid, this plan will work properly, but to be fair, all minister should send their son & daughter to malaysian school also. but now, they send their son & daughter to overseas school. u got to beliave this. minister also have no confident to his own system, and now issue a plan that will bring it down. finally, we're going down slowly, unnoticed.

Anonymous said...

With no stress there will be gradual retrogradation! Simply put, if you exercise regularly you can stay fit and healthy but if you just eat and sleep without any workout your health will deteriorate eventually.

There is no single formula for success. Or to put it, no such thing as one size fits all.
So. Pros and cons for whatever decisions made.

But at least we are familiar with the current system. New system untested can bring up new unforseen problems.

Puteri Eleni said...

I totally agree with you!! :) To me, UPSR and PMR were two exams that kept me focused in my academics during my primary and secondary school days and I believe it does the same for a lot of people. If we were to abolish it now, students would spend those 11 years of their school life having fun and not appreciating the importance in their academics that they could have learnt if UPSR and PMR still existed

Anonymous said...

i agree with ur arguments do have the logics and they're acceptable...

Beauwlf said...

Yes, I can see this gonna be another flip flop decision from the Gov, in few years time they will change back citing that in absence of exam has produced less excellent students. These jokers need to be abolished. They open their mouth without being backed by properly conducted studies etc. They did a right thing to convert to English medium few years ago. Then after few years they flip flop. A well managed plan will not result in flip flop execution.

maCy said...

totally agree with u~

act im working out to put an entry bout this matter..

great thought great thinking, i envy u sir ;)

Anonymous said...

The gomen is very good in giving suggetions that I find not very convincing at all. Aboilishing this exam will only matters worst. The teacher like to complain they have lots of stuff to do. This is the only thing that Education minster can think of to unburdened teachers. As if they really do all the teaching cos most parents will send their child to tuition to make sure they excell in exam.

Anonymous said...

upsr and pmr should not be abolished as it will lead to many problems among students. to me, by abolished the examinations it won help to improve the learning system in malaysia instead of making it more worst!if da gov want to make a new changes, they should think of any other way. worst come to worst , students will work hard to get a better result in examination.

irasyraf said...

hmm..i dont think so and its not relevant to abolish this examination..the students need to be prepared for something while they were studying and that is the purpose of upsr and know how good they were and how smart they are..if this examinations being abolish..there studied for nothing and they will have no focused..because there are nothing to focus on..hopefully the government realize this and dont make this children like lab be experiment all the time..pls..let them be..if they want to improve the school education..improve how to educate them not to blame the examination.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, that is, but i think i may have something to say here.

The minister's idea of abolishing UPSR and PMR is consider, irrelevant, as this is the main thing that put students on the right track on becoming a successful person in the future, just that, it need to be reconstructed, in order to cope with the challenging world now.

Why did i say so? There are few reason actually. First of all, for UPSR, if it is abolished, then, why children have to take primary schools? Before oppose my point, put yourself in the primary school student shoes, and think, WHAT IS THE ACTUAL PURPOSE OF STUDY IN PRIMARY SCHOOL IF THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM TO ESTIMATE OUR KNOWLEDGE? After all, if we fail in the primary school, we still can proceed to the secondary school.
( This may happen if there are lucky child who were born clever, and can manage themselves in the secondary school, instead of wasting time in the primary school, believe me, there is.)

Now as parents, ask yourself this question, instead of wasting money for your child for their primary school, why don't you just straight put your child in the secondary school? After all, there is no required qualification to enter the secondary school if UPSR were abolished. Is that true? Think about this matter.

Second idea of i would like to say, many parents and even high ranking officer, i would describe them in that term, are proud if their children scored many A's and label those who are poor in study as numbskull or stupid, perhaps. Its a harsh word, but that is the truth. Now, do the parents really know what did their children actually facing in the school? How hard was the question? How tense was the pressure? How many subject does each student have to take and scored? Do they have any idea?

This is a sinister thing that i would like to say, but i think, it is the truth. If a parents scold their child, for their poor score in the exams, why don't they try to answer the question themselves? I'm referring to PMR and SPM. Its a pity for the child, as i bet they did try their best. They tend to compare their son or daughter with their relatives or neighbours and see who scored A's the most, but, instead of comparing, why they do not try answer the exam question themselves?

You as parents, would you dare to take the risk? And i can assured you, you wont scored straight A's either. Believe me.

Anonymous said...

if you guys are students from education course im sure you will agree with the government. i feel that i learn subjects that i HAVE TO LEARN, IF I DONT THEN I WILL FAIL, and IF I FAIL THEN IM A TOTAL LOSER and I CANT FURTHER MY STUDIES. everyone has their own talents and all of us, we are clever!! yet we underestimate students who failed for their examinations..have we ever thought why?? we dont because we are in a safer place. we dont need to think about anyone else because we are so proud with ourselves. have we ever thought why, people with no SPM cert can be a successful businessman? Compare with us who has degree cert or maybe as PhD holder who failed to be someone successful? just stop thinking for our own self..stop saying things some research about learning and some research on theories from Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, Lev Vygotsky, Maslow, Freud and few more..from there, you will understand what i am trying to tell..thanx:)

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Zalikha said...


I can't stop rolling my eyes reading this post.I just can't understand the government.It doesn't take a genius to figure out tht abolishing these stuff will do any good,does it?Our education system,which is exam-oriented,has already done the damage and people now look highly at students with good grades.

I think this kind of perception is the one that we should abolish.Instead,the low achiever should be given a tremendous helping hand and not to be underestimated.Not all ppl have the same learning ability.The one that is applied in class is mostly the listening and visual learning,thus benefiting those equipped with these abilities.

But one move tht i wanna give credits is abolishing the PPSMI.If u wanna improve English,y through these subjects?they just use simple English.Why don't enhance the learning of the language itself?For instance,teachers can suggest students to write blogs in English..hehe

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's crazy man. They should really try to do something to fix that.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Wow, that's crazy man. They should really try to do something to fix that.

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Mich said...

i seriously disagree with the governments or rather the ministry of education's decisions ! not only abolishing the public exams but also converting the teachings of mathematics and science subjects back to bahasa malaysia, sorry to say, but i find their recent decision are all awfully pointless and not benefiting students at ALL.

thank you for sharing your thoughts, i 'm working on a topic regarding education system in malaysia and this post helped a lot.

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muhammad shafieq said...

I think examination such as PMR and UPSR shouldn't be abolished. They say that having such examination is not practical but I think this examination are like a stepping stones for youth today. These examination actually helps the youth to become more mature. They should know the effects of examination itself. Examination allows students to know how much they are knowledgeable in a certain subject. When they say that examination doesn't improve students knowledge, I don't think the fault is at students. The teachers are the one at fault. The reason of examination is to test students knowledge. If the teacher helps the student such as giving spot question and some teacher even gave the answer directly, it definitely would not help the student but actually making the student even more worse. This is due to the student incapable of doing self research and they became too depended on their teacher. Instead of being brighter, they became dumber. Sorry for the harsh words..... But it's true. So I don't think that examination should be abolished, but the law should be stricter on the test paper. There should be any leaking answer for the student. Why does the leak start? And why does it happen? We should start answering these question before we want to change the system complete as I think the system itself is already good enough. The only things left is to improve the system and also the examiners ethic.

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