Decision next year on proposal to abolish UPSR, PMR exams

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (LPM) will decide next year on a proposal to abolish the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Peperiksaan Menengah Rendah (PMR) examinations in 2012 and 2015 respectively, LPM Director Datuk Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah said yesterday. LPM was still obtaining feedback from various quarters, including school administrations, teachers and academicians, on the proposal to abolish both the examinations, he said. We will make a decision next year by taking into account all the feedback. Many quarters have misunderstood that we want to abolish the UPSR and PMR examinstions next year, he told reporters after presenting a working paper at a forum on the education assessment system, here. Adi Badiozaman said that if the feedback was positive, the education of the pupils and students beginning next year would be adjusted with a new curriculum. He also said that LPM was drawing up a new assessment system which did not focus on the central examination system in practice now. We have no desire for total abolition of the central examination system but will look at how the existing system can be developed, he said. The forum was attended by more than 100 people and the panel members comprised people from Malaysia and countries such as Australia, Indonesia and South Korea.