UPSR, PT3 not coming back anytime soon, says Deputy Education Minister

Lim speaks during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat on June 6, 2023. Screenshot taken from Malaysia Parliament's YouTube livestream

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KUCHING, June 6: Deputy Education Minister Lim Hui Ying has stated that the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) and the Form Three Assessment (PT3) will not be revived anytime soon.

During today’s question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat, Lim who is also Tanjong MP, noted that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is taking a more holistic approach to student development by implementing the school-based assessment (PBS) and classroom-based assessment (PBD) systems.

“PBS and PBD provide ample opportunities to develop student potential in a continuous and comprehensive manner, and thus MOE will not revive UPSR and PT3,” she said in response to Rasah MP Cha Chee Kin’s supplementary question about whether MOE had conducted studies to revive the PT3 exam.

In April of 2021, the education ministry announced the abolishment of the UPSR exam and cancellation of the PT3 exam for the year. In June of 2022, the latter was abolished.

Former Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin explained at the time that the elimination of UPSR and PT3 was to make way for more effective school-based assessments.

Meanwhile, in response to the initial question posed by Kulim Bandar Baharu MP Roslan Hashim on measures to strengthen the implementation of PBS and PBD, Lim noted that at a two-day convention that concludes tomorrow, findings from engagement sessions held on the future direction of the examinations are being discussed.

In addition, Lim remarked that the ministry has updated the second edition of the PBD implementation guidebook for 2019 by including a checklist for the quality assurance process, which includes mentoring, monitoring, tracking, and coordination.

She continued by stating that MOE has enhanced the psychometric assessment component in order to better equip students with the values, knowledge, and skills they will need to succeed in learning sessions at the next level. — DayakDaily