GEORGE TOWN: The education ministry has denied allegations that questions for the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) are too difficult for a 12-year-old.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the current education system was based on higher thinking levels.
“The critics are adults who do not follow the current curriculum.
“If they did, then they would know that it was not that difficult.
“It is actually based on Higher Thinking Skills (KBAT), which has been implemented and taught at schools.
“Those questions appeared to be difficult because we (adults) are not used to it…
“We are implementing the Malaysia National Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025.
“This is due to findings that our students, despite obtaining As (in examinations), fail to excel when placed in competitions or tests at the international level,” he said.
“The ministry receives the largest allocation in the budget every year.
“Hence, if our children fail to excel at the international level, then it is a setback to the country’s plan to achieve developed nation status.”
Chong said this after officiating the 2017 Education Convention, organised by the National-type Chinese Primary Schools (SJKC) Headmasters Association here yesterday.
Chong also said the ministry intended to reintroduce the Post-Graduate Teaching Programme (KPLI) in the event of a serious shortage of teachers.
He said the KPLI was expected to be implemented in the next five years.
“Currently, the teacher shortage problem in schools is not serious.
“It is a common occurrence whenever there are teachers who retire, opt for early retirement, or take extended annual leave.” – Bernama