|News: Good UPSR Results Will No Longer Be Benchmark To Identify Excellent Pupils|
|Saturday, 11 October 2008 06:02|
Bernama reported on Oct 10 that excellent UPSR results will no longer be used as a benchmark to identify outstanding students.
Rather, co-curriculum activities in the six schooling years will also play a major role in a pupil's evaluation, said Education Department director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom.
He said such an evaluation was a new mechanism to be introduced by the education ministry via its education transformation. [...]"This means, the pupils will no longer be evaluated by their performance in the three-day UPSR examination as the evaluation would span throughout the six schooling years.
"Thus, the stress on UPSR will be reduced by 50 per cent. Towards this end, several changes need to be done in co-curriculum activities, apart from focusing on science, technology and effective communication.
"In line with the world's development, we need to transform the co-curriculum activities to be more up-to-date but at the same time, fun for the pupils," said Alimuddin after the launch of International Languages Institute Gallery and Quality Day 2008 here Friday.
For a start, he said, a total of 50 schools were chosen to pioneer the transformation project. "Next year, the project will be expanded to 500 schools. If everything went smoothly, we will begin the nationwide implementation in 2010, beginning with Standard One," he added.
Alimuddin said with the new mechanism in place, evaluation on pupils could be done earlier and thus, reduce examination-oriented behaviour.