Rokiah Mahmud & Fadley Faisal
Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman informed that the Primary School Assessment (PSR) Examination for Year 6 will be postponed to November 15.
The minister stated that the examination will be carried out subject to the development of the COVID-19 situation at the time.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah added that the Student Progress Examination (SPE) for Year 8 students will be replaced with School-Based Assessment (SBA), which includes assessment of Year 7 and 8 students throughout their learning sessions.
The total scores will be used to determine if the students moving on to Year 9 will enter a four- or five- year general programme or a five-year applied programme.
He said discussions are also underway to revert institutions from the current “community isolation centres”.
The minister expressed his gratitude for being given the opportunity to join in on the efforts in the Ministry of Health (MoH) COVID-19 fight.
“We need to assess the pandemic situation first, and we will need to discuss steps needed to convert the premises back to learning institutions,” Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah said.
The minister also said the Ministry of Education (MoE) ensures that studies will be completed in accordance with the regular school cycle as the students’ future depends on it.
“The MoE is also ensuring the continuity of studies at all stages by taking into account the challenges of online learning,” he added.