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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gerakan Wants UPSR, PMR Retained

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) should be retained and the examinations revamped to enable students to be creative and to think logically.

Dr Koh, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said that in the context of globalisation, an examination could foster in students the spirit of competition to enable them to be more disciplined in preparation for competition in more general terms.

An improvement of both the examinations could also create more competitive students, he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, here.

"So, after all, when we talk about the NKRA (National Key Result Areas), we are talking about competitiveness and standardised examinations across the whole country, and we will be able to encourage students to have discipline as well as competitive spirit," said Dr Koh, a former educator.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said on June 20 that it had been proposed that the UPSR and PMR be abolished to make the education system less examination-oriented to achieve the desired objective of a holistic education.

- Bernama

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