22 July 2009

Change or Abolish UPSR?

(Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister of Education)

Oh yea yea, I know I know, it is very unlikely that I talk about political issues in my blog. But who can stand it if everyday you open a newspaper and the same issue being raised over and over again? Can you? Among all political agendas, Education sector is always the victim. I guess it is true of what other people say, that students today become the guinea pigs. I was a victim of KBSR and KBSM anyway.

Why can't we be comfortable with the current education system? Instead of changing the system and syllabus, why not strengthen it? I have not heard UK's education systems change for decades, and yet, their education quality is still one of the best in the world.

The way I see it, students nowdays are different from before. Are we producing good students today? I doubt. Some of the effects are visible to our eyes even without the report from the Ministry of Education.

The first one is the replacement of SRP by PMR. Teachers are complaining that more and more students studying in form 4 and form 5 are becoming lazier and when schools become crowded, discipline is beyond control. I remember, during my time, we took SRP seriously because we wanted to go to form 4. But PMR? Many students are not taking their studies seriously as they know that they will go to form 4 anyway. Instead of becoming forward thinking students, they become backward. Ask all the teachers, they will definitely agree with me.

And the changes has not stop. The Ministry relaxed the requirements for form 6 enrollment, which cause overcrowding of schools and drop in academic qualities, abolish the exam fees, which cause more students to "Ponteng" skip classes and exams, implementing semester system for from six, PPSMI (The use of English in teaching and learning of science and Maths).

Now what? Want to abolish UPSR? I took UPSR before and I didn't have problems passing it? Exam is a yardstick of what we have learned. Come on, we need to take our studies seriously. We want to be quality students. When I was in primary school, I can still lenjoy socializing with other students through co-curriculum although I have to sit for UPSR in primary 6. Anyway, it is better that we spend time in schools rather than at home where parents aren't there to tend to us.

Few days ago, I still remember ex-St Thomas principal, Mr Gerard Lee (who is now the principal of Lodge school, Kuching) said, these education system changes are political motivated. How true it is.?..Lu pikirlah sendiri. I do not want to say any further.. I raised my case.

23 Reptozian Messages:

nicksuneo said...

saya sangat la setuju. our politician tidak ada kerja, so beside berkempen dan berebut pilihanraya, they will find something to make it 'hot issue' so that each of them can debate in front of the press, masuk TV some more. politic can turn a desert to become a river. i wonder if one day, persatuan gay dibenarkan di malaysia. just wait and see

lina said...

It is sad that our children's future is a pawn among politicians.

What's wrong with being competitive in studies and be a little exam-oriented when studying (the reason they want to abolish the PMR) because we know that good results is what is counted in Malaysian education system.

Yatie SawaNiLa said...

if i still study.. maybe i buat piket.. a primary school piket... ye la always bertukar....

are they s@#p$d? always change... for me instead of changing thing, why don't improve it??? buang duit rakyat for those miscellaneous thing la...and untung sapa dapat???

amieyalen said...

UPSR? I think they should just maintain it... but UPSR is easy ma... I don't think you need three general exams in life... one is enough... which is SPM....

Willie said...

NIcksuneo > Ya lah. PErsatuan gay pun maok ditubuhkan? Hancur hancur..

Lina > I agree with you.

Yatie > Setuju.

Amiey > hahaha.

cyrildason said...

I agree ith you that we should stick with our current education system. Improvements are good, but tiny whinny ones.

I also agree that UPSR should be retained. It is a yardstick, and it gives students a reason to study when they are in primary 6. Without it, students will lack motivation.

The school based assessment? Ahh.... It just aint working. Not when the teachers are also burden with too much extra work.

-cyrildason.com

lvynana said...

Hari2 nak tukar policy, masing2 nak tunjuk hebat.

AmirFX said...

politik pasal pendidikan nang dari dolok cemya.. Aku sokonglah mun sidaknya provide better place for study n equipment. P mun hal pembelajarab ya sik perlu d ubah byk gilak... Kemajuan nemiak sekolah bukannya bergantung gilak dgn pembelajaran dari buku jak....

Mahirah Kamaludin said...

yes..politician agenda..I tak tau plak what is the difference between SRP and PMR, i zaman PMR. UPSR should be not abolish...mana aci kan...how pity our kids, kita tak tau kemampuan dorang mcmana, so they should sit for big exam. Yelah education sentiasa berubah...

designationjazz said...

Aih!... marah nampak.. Yea it's true. I guess back in the 80's educational system is much far better than today. As me rarely heard of gangsterism, vandalism dan apa-apa lism jak lah.. By the way i'm proud that u n me are students started in the 80's. Yeah! hidup 80's ex-student!!

elcynthia 엘신티아 said...

willie,
I totally agree with u that the Edu Ministry should stick with all the examinations. DoNT drop any. It's hard for me to blame the gov alone since people and "some" rakyat jelata these days kept complaining, whining and even teling "their rights". But doesnt mean I agree with the gov surrendering to every demands made. One of the greatest mistake i would say they made as well was abonding the "bahasa baku" many-many years back. urgh!!! this can go forever... hehehe. But I am all the way OPPOSING the dropping of examinations! MESTI ADA! we went through it and we were just fine. ^^

btw, I actually dont agree with PPSMI from the start. our days studied science and maths in bahasa, still can catch up when needed to do it in english at Uni. and Edu ministry should STOP the students using scientific calculator among secondary students too! use the brain for goodness sake. oh my.. I'm complaining too much. hahaha...

Titil said...

Don't abolish UPSR!!!

[h]einsen said...

im' agree with you too. instead of abolishing it, they should find a way to strengthen it. anyway it's the only major examination for the primary school, nothing wrong with it.

ladyviral said...

No point to abolish it. If they did, it would end up that children be more lazy and have no intiative to study hard. I believe the UPSR would do them good. Train from young.

Willie said...

Cyril > Yup , i heard about the school-based assessment. I agree with you. Teachers have too much things to do already.

Ivynana > Kalau diorang nak tunjuk hebat, bagus pakai pedang sahaja kan?

AmirFx > Better nya naik taraf sekolah dan tingkatkan kebajikkan guru kan?

Mahirah Kamaludin > Sedey tau? Asyik bertukar. Macam tukar baju.

Designation Jazz > Marah ni. Hahaha

ElCynthia > Our people are sometimes hard to please.

Titil > Angkat tangan!

Heinsen > Let them be serious in their studies. No need to think that learning is fun.

LadyVIral > Yes. Agreed.

Big Momma said...

setuju. tak habis2 tukar!

HoneyBUZZin said...

aiya..so susah oo ini maciem! Improve sajalah..don't change...kasian itu budak ooo....jadi tikus putih!

Cikgoo Jasz said...

As a primary skool teacher, I felt that there is no point to abolish UPSR. One should know that the reason why we create exams is to determine what the pupils have learnt in the past six years.

Off course some politician would say that UPSR is only a tool to pick up pupils to enter Sekolah Berasrama Penuh or Special School and so on. I do agree with that, but hey those who enters the SBP school are pupils that really active in both side.

Some politician who use to make "some interesting" statements sometimes only interested to make themselves popular without thinking really deeply. For exampe, some of them really urged the government to introduce History lessons in primary skool due to Chin Peng's cases. Yelllllo do they even bother to open the Kajian Tempatan or Pendidikan Sivik text book where there's some history elements on it? I don't think so. :P

And now, "memperkasakan" English? Only now they realise how poor our English level? But anyway the Government always right and we the teachers just follow orders. By the way bukan sahaja budak jadi tikus putih, cikgu pun jadi tikus putih
Manyak cerita pun tak guna. :).

Krisno said...

yep, the system keep on changing..nowadays the quality of students are very drastic low..had observed parctical students which undergone practical in the company.

Borneo Falcon said...

Our education system is definitely in a mess now. A student now can obtain As easily now compare to those days

Willie said...

Bigmomma, kris, cikgu jasz, HoneyBUzzin & Borneo Falcon > Thanks for your comments.

Bengbeng said...

sometimes change is necessary in certain situations but what we r seeing now have gone to the stage where too much politics has made the waters of education murky. nobody is happy about it. it is the inconsistency. but we cant totally blame the education system. the children of today very different today from they were years ago. i look at my own kid n shake my head. :(

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