KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Education (MOE) has decided to cancel the Form 3 Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) and Year 6 Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) this year following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The decision will apply to all government schools, government assisted schools, private schools and any education institutions registered with the Ministry of Education.
Schools not registered by MOE are also encouraged to embrace the decision.
Meanwhile, the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) will also be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.
The examination date for the second semester of Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) will be shifted to August 2020 and its third semester examination will be held in the first quarter of 2021.
The STAM examination will also be held during the first quarter of 2021.
Minister of Education, Dr. Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said, the decision will not affect the evaluation on how students master their subjects at the lower education level as the assessment could be done using various other methods.
“As the UPSR result is one of the criteria for the admission into boarding schools (SBP), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA), Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) and the Royal Military College (RMC), the PM will introduce new assessment method which not only merely focuses on academic achievements.
“The cancellation of PT3 will also not affect the evaluation on how the students master their lower secondary education. A new methodology will be introduced.
“The decision obtained from the methodology could be used as one of the admission criteria into certain schools such as the boarding schools and technical schools.
“The MOE will ensure that the students can gain access to teaching and learning no matter what happens. Changes will be informed from time to time after taking into the safety and health factors of the students,” he said in a news conference just now.
Mohd Radzi said, the decision to reopen the school session will only be made after the MOE is truly confident that the Covid-19 situation has recovered.
At this stage, the reopening of schools will only involve classes with public examinations such as SPM, SVM, STPM, Sijil Tinggi STAM and equivalent international certifications.
The announcement will be made at least two weeks prior to the reopening of schools.
“After the schools are reopened, all aspects of safety, cleanliness and control of infection including social distancing will be prioritised.
“The MOE has provided a Post-MCO School Management Guideline which must be referred by the schools and parents to ensure that the management of the schools run smoothly and the teaching and learning can be conducted in a safe manner,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette