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First, DPM Muhyiddin should tell us what is going wrong in our education system?

Many Malaysia generations are made guinea pigs by our flip-flopping education policies after independence such as teaching medium from English to Malay, 3M, bahasa Malaysia to bahasa Melayu, teaching maths and science in English and vice versa, SRP to UPSR, grading system, etc.

The trend is when a new education minister clinches to this important post, they will propose new policies hastily. No doubt change is constant for us to keep abreast the outside world. But we have to know the problem first before proposing a change of policy or solution.

I have a question to DPM Muhyiddin Yassin and his Education Ministry, what are the problems in our education system before you simply throw a proposal (A bombshell !) to public members.

I and many educationists can propose a hundred possible or plausible solutions to any hypothetical problem, but nobody knows are we addressing the root causes.

The long list of problems can be

– Rote learning
– Too examination orientated
– Poor in arithmetic skill
– Poor in English/mother tongue/languages
– No participation in sports and co-curriculum
– Too many grade A scorers
– Too many homeworks
– Too many textbooks
– Too many learning hours
– Too many tuition classes
– Obsolete syllabus
– Poor teaching standards
– Poor in comprehension skill
– Plagiarism
– Lack of analytical skill
– Lack of problem solving skill
– Lack of creativity
– Malnutrition
– Low IT skill
– Moral decay
– etc.

Let define the problem, its scope and magnitude first before DPM Muhyiddin proposes something like abolishing UPSR and PMR to rakyat. Such as proposal causing more confusions than solutions by itself.

MIC Against Move To Scrap UPSR Examination

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) — The MIC is against any move to abolish the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination.

Its president, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, appealed to Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin not to proceed with the proposal, saying that “it will be a grave mistake,” to do so.

He said the examination was aimed at assessing the pupils’ capabilities and achievements throughout their primary education.

“The UPSR was introduced based on expert opinion because they (the experts) are aware of its usefulness in assessing the pupils’ minds after a certain period.

“If the UPSR is abolished, the pupils will not have the initiative to study and will become mere machines, while the teachers also will not have or take the initiative to prepare their pupils for assessment,” he said in a statement here today.

He was commenting on Muhyiddin’s statement on June 20 that the ministry had proposed that the UPSR and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) be abolished to make the education system less examination-oriented to achieve the desired objective of a holistic education.

Samy Vellu said that with more and more pupils in Tamil schools scoring straight As in the UPSR every year, the examination had proven its worthiness.

He said Malaysia should not emulate the education systems in other countries but instead should have its own standard.

He would bring up the matter to the prime minister, he added.

— BERNAMA

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