PRIMARY schools throughout the country are stepping up their efforts for the final lap before the start of the Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (PSR) examination.
The exam is due to commence on October 13 with Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) paper.
Various programmes are run concurrently to complement pupils’ learning at school in preparation for the upcoming PSR.
As school compounds get notably quieter due to the week-long third term holiday, children and teachers in Year 6 are stepping up their game in beefing up the preparations for the major primary education exam, according to a press release from the Ministry of Education.
At Sekolah Rendah Pusar Ulak, for example, four Math teachers and four Science teachers have started their extra lessons in the respective subjects from 8am.
In between lessons there will be a 10-minute break in which pupils are also provided with refreshments. A total of 61 pupils from the school will be sitting for PSR in three weeks’ time.
Out of this, 10 are coached at Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah under a special coaching initiative for pupils identified as needing further guidance and help to raise their PSR achievement.
Sekolah Rendah Pusar Ulak’s acting principal, Cikgu Hajah Rozita binti Haji Ahmad, noted that although this is a holiday period where many choose to lessen their academic activity, attendance to the extra classes has been punctual and encouraging.
She was pleasantly surprised to see increased commitment from parents of the school’s Year 6 students. Parents are more involved in their children’s education and make effort to notify the school if their child is not able to attend school.
To refine the Year 6 students’ learning and strengthen their revision process, the pupils are divided into eight small groups going into separate classrooms. They are focussing more on past PSR papers.
At Sekolah Rendah Mata-Mata, 57 pupils will be sitting for PSR this year. For the extra classes conducted during this term holiday, two sessions are run in the school.
The sessions are arranged according to pupils’ categorised capability. Pupils requiring more learning support begin their classes in Session 1, that is from 8am until 10am.
Their revision activities are tapered to what have been identified as the more challenging subjects; Mathematics and Science.
This is to help strengthen pupils’ focus and attention while also boosting their confidence in the subjects.
In the other group which runs from 9am to 10am during this holiday, teachers coach pupils in all PSR subjects.
The extra classes involve 17 teachers who teach Year 6 pupils in various PSR subjects.
Teamwork among teachers is most noted in these schools. While the holiday atmosphere can be felt at the school compound due to the absence of children in school uniforms, one can sense the commitment that the school community has in preparing for PSR that is fast approaching in 10 school days’ time.
Tips on preparing for PSR have been posted on notice boards a few weeks earlier particularly in areas where pupils are likely to pass as they arrive at the school.
Apart from efforts put in by schools, it is equally important that children receive the necessary support of their parents and immediate family in ensuring they are prepared to the best of their ability.
Support and encouragement at school and at home for these pupils will be amongst the foundation that will help children mentally prepare themselves for PSR.
Support from parents in particular can not only come in the form of being involved in learning and revising lessons at home during this critical period but also in ensuring that these children attend the extra classes which can prove a significant contributor to better learning and boost confidence among Year 6 pupils.