KUALA LUMPUR – The government has decided to cancel the Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (PT3) examination for 2021 and fully abolish the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination.
Minister of Education, Datuk Mohd Radzi Jidin said, the decision to cancel PT3 is the same decision reached by the Ministry of Education (MOE) last year.
According to him, students who wish to apply to go to boarding schools need to sit for the Pentaksiran Kemasukan Sekolah Khusus (PKSK) examination.
“PT3 was cancelled in 2020, so, for the purpose of entry into the boarding schools in 2021, they sat for the PKSK. This was the situation last year.
“The entry in the schools next year (2022) will be made through PKSK. Those who wish to enter full boarding schools may sit for the PKSK this year.
“Among the main basis we considered to cancel the PT3 this year is taking into consideration to allow the students to prepare, especially in learning face to face with the teachers in school.
“We see that the Covid-19 outbreak has yet to be fully contained and even without the PT3 this year, we can continue to assess the students.
“Just like last year, the students would be assessed based on three components namely, the Classroom Based Assessment (PBD), Psychometric Assessment (PPsi) and the Physical, Sports, Co-curricular (PAJSK) Assessment. This is the assessment that we could use for 2021,” he said in a special news conference today.
On the similar development, Mohd Radzi also announced that the UPSR will be fully abolished beginning this year.
He said, in line with the abolishment of UPSR, an Alternative Primary School Assessment (PASR) for students with special needs will also be abolished.
“Here, I would like to announce a big decision. Beginning 2021, the UPSR is fully abolished.
“Therefore, we will strengthen the School Based Assessment (PBD) beginning this year.
“For year 2022, all entry of Form 1 students into the boarding schools would be based on PKSK,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette