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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Will UPSR and PMR be totally abolished? What's going to happen next?

I read an article in one of local newspapers few days ago about the suggestion of abolishing UPSR and PMR. Actually this issue has been discussed few years back but until now both public examinations are still there. In the proposal, they want to replace UPSR and PMR with school assessments which are not just based on examinations but also some practical assessments.

As I'm in the educational field (though I'm not teaching school children), I strongly feel that the suggestion is a very wonderful suggestion. WHY? Personally, I just don't want my children to feel so stressed like I used to feel every time I sat for those public exams. The pressures to excel, to make my parents feel proud and also peer pressures is too much to be handled. At the end, I don't think I really enjoy my school time except for some memories of other non-academic achievements and teachers who managed to impart some important knowledge.

Nowadays, things are getting worse when there are a lot of parents who really want their children to excel in those public examinations just for the sake of bragging about their children to their friends. That's why some children are sent to tuition centres as early as 5 and 6 years old! Maybe some parents will disagree with me on this but I strongly believe in teaching my children and equipping them with both IQ and EQ. A person who has a high IQ is not going to survive unless his/her EQ helps him/her to make sense of what's happening. In short, if you intelligent but you don't have any social skills, you are going to have a hard time in fitting in the society and even at your workplace.

I'm not sure how are the teachers going to assess their students in schools when UPSR and PMR are abolished. I can just assume the system might be like the system that's been used in US, UK and other countries. One thing for sure, this should not be done drastically and a lot of study and research are needed. I always pity my fellow friends who are teaching in schools when they complain that they have to carry out whatever instructions they receive from the ministry. At the end, teachers,school children and also parents are those who would suffer the consequences.

So, any comments? Just drop a line or two as I want to know your opinion about this.


The Juggling Queen said...

kak nur,

i have to agree with what u wrote. I grew up in a family of teachers, my mom, my aunts, my uncles, and now my sisters.

it is true that this thing needed more research and some back up plan (to replace and carry out a new way to assess the sudents). I too, eventhough my daugter just about join the primary school already feel the pressure of not knowing what the future will bring for my kids.

in this case if they abolish the exams, most students will have no idea what their hardwork will earned in the future. and what's the point of studying hard, if there are no exams to test them.

AlohaMolly said...

Hi Kak Nura, I hav sent thrice my mailing add to the yahoo email u provided..has it gone to ur spam folder I wonder?

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transformed housewife said...

Let's wait and see what's going to happen.

Diyana Zulkifli said...

hmm.kak.saya mcm tak brapa setuju sbb rasa saya payah nak ubah scr drastik mende2 camni.klu nak buat,buat satu2 dl.mcm skrg tgh nak mansuhkan bhs inggeris dlm math n buat yg tu dulu.peningla kak..mmg btul pn,bila ubah tampuk pemerintahan,maka sistem2 dlm kerajaan kena ubah jg.mcm dlm field saya ni, mmg saya sangat kasihankan anak2 murid.mmg nmpk mcm yg dikejar tak dpt,yg dikendong berciciran...

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