The Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2017 results will be announced tomorrow, 23 November
A total of 443,794 candidates who sat for UPSR this year, could start collecting their test results from their respective schools at 10am or get their results via SMS by texting 'UPSR [exam registration number]' to 15888.
Just days before the momentous occasion for students and parents alike, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has a message on the celebrations for these UPSR candidates
A poster on Mahdzir's Instagram account carries the following message: "Sempena keputusan UPSR yang akan diumumkan pada 23 November 2017, janganlah bebani tugas guru dengan mengadakan majlis khas meraikan pelajar cemerlang 6A. Sedangkan ratusan murid calon UPSR lain hanya memerhatikan sahaja dengan perasaan diri mereka tidak dihargai. UPSR hanyalah langkah pertama dalam pengembaraan hidup mereka. Teruskan memberi semangat kepada semua pelajar meneroka dunia dengan berjaya.
(In conjunction with the UPSR results announcement on 23 November 2017, don't burden teachers by holding a special ceremony to celebrate outstanding 6A students while hundreds of other UPSR candidates can only look on while feeling unappreciated. UPSR is just the first step in their life's adventure. Continue to inspire all students to explore the world with success.)"
Meanwhile, a similar message was also shared on his official Facebook page
Mahdzir stressed that the success of students in UPSR should be celebrated as a whole, and not just a select group who did well in the exams.
"Schools are not forbidden from organising events but they must celebrate ALL students involved in UPSR.
"These students are only in Standard 6 and it is only SPM that is actually going to open their way either to the university's academic route, technical paths at various institutes, and so on," the post read.
His comments resonated with many people, who reposted and shared them on their own social media accounts
One particular Twitter user, @aishahnurhakim shared the poster and tweeted, "The most reasonable thing from the education minister."
The tweet has received more than 14,900 retweets and 6,000 likes at the time of writing.
Mahdzir's message comes at a time when the Ministry of Education (MOE) wants to do away with the exam-oriented mentality
Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin revealed that there will be a major shift in the Primary School Assessment Report or Pelaporan Pentaksiran Sekolah Rendah, where students will receive a full assessment, on top of their UPSR results.
Standard 6 students will receive a total of four reports, including three that will be based non-academic components namely:
1. sports, physical and curriculum activities assessment;
2. classroom assessment; and
3. psychometric assessment.
It was learned that the assessment has been in place since last year but some changes would be made in how the results are given to students this year
Deputy Education Minister II Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon explained the assessment is not new but the way the result will be presented tomorrow will be different.
It was revealed that the previous batch of students received two different slips - one showing the academic result, while the other slip shows the result of the assessment. However, the UPSR results and all components of the assessment will be in a single slip this year.
"We want to get away from the examination-oriented education system. We understand that it will take some time for the parents, students and schools to familiarise themselves with the new system, but it has to start somewhere.
"We need to create the awareness that it’s no longer about how many As can the students score, but we need to also emphasise on their achievements in other areas," he was quoted as saying in a report by New Straits Times (NST) today, 22 November.
We wish all UPSR candidates our heartiest congratulations and good luck for your future endeavours! :)