[lg policy] Malaysia: New format for English paper in UPSR

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 15:40:37 UTC 2015

New format for English paper in UPSR
Posted on 28 September 2015 - 04:59pm
*Last updated on 28 September 2015 - 06:08pm*

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*PUTRAJAYA*: There will be a change in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah
(UPSR) examination from next year with the Education Ministry changing the
format of the English language subject.

"From the UPSR exam of 2016, the English language paper will be split into
two papers – comprehension inclusive of multiple-choice questions and
writing," Malaysian Examination Board director Datin Nawal Salleh said at a
press conference today.

She added that the multiple choice questions will also be reduced starting
next year.

This move follows the implementation of Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah
(KSSR) policy in 2011.

The Chinese and Tamil papers for vernacular school students will also be
split into two like English. This means that students will have additional
subjects to score for UPSR due to the split – six for national schools and
eight for vernacular schools.

She added that the UPSR 2016 format will be available at www.lp.edu.my with
immediate effect.

In an immediate response, the Parent Action Group for Education (Page)
applauded the ministry’s move for the UPSR’s English examination.

Its chairman, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, told *theSun* that the
ministry’s announcement was not surprising. She said this is because it has
followed through the “Uphold Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening the English
Language” policy.

“I suppose it is a consistent move because the English examination paper is
given equal attention alongside Bahasa Malaysia.

“This is a positive move and I hope all stakeholders will support it. It is
also important for the minister to see it through,” she said.

However, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim
Adnan did not agree with the move as the timeframe before implementation is
just one year.

"It is too short for both students and teachers to adjust to the new
system," he said.

He added that for the current Year 5 students and teachers, they will have
less than one year to adjust to the new system.

Additionally, it will be a burden for parents too.

“Let the parents’ voice their opinions too, not spring this announcement on
them," he said.

He added a suitable time frame of two years would be more favourable to
implement the new format.


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