For those of us who have progressed in the Malaysian public school system, we are no doubt familiar with frequent reminders to ensure we pass a few compulsory subjects to qualify for Form 1. Chief among these subjects is Bahasa Malaysia (a.k.a Bahasa Melayu), which has always been a requirement for students in the country due to its status as the national language. The consequences of not scoring well in Bahasa Malaysia can be quite severe. Students will have to spend an entire year in "remove class / foundation class / kelas peralihan" (call it what you may) before progressing to Form 1. No sane thinking parent would want their child to graduate 1 year late. Therefore, the pressure on both student & parents can be quite intense. The big question is...
Is it Worth It?
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According to The Malay Mail, the Ministry of Education issued an official notice stating that only students who have achieved Mastery Level TP4 to TP6 in their respective schools’ assessment for the Bahasa Melayu (BM) language subject will be allowed to proceed to Form 1 studies, effective this year. Pupils who attained TP1 to TP3 in the assessment will have to be further assessed in the Bahasa Melayu Assessment Literacy Test (UPLBM). Based on the notice, pupils who fail the UPLBM will be denied entry into Form 1, and referred to the "kelas peralihan", and will have to spend an additional year before entering Form 1.
Is the Trauma Worth It?
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The new system is scheduled to be rolled out in all primary schools across the country on March 21, 2022, ahead of the new school year. In an interview with the Sin Chew Daily, Deputy Education Minister and Senator Datuk Ma Heng Soon said the implementation of UPLBM should not burden young students, but help to further assess whether their knowledge in Malaysia is equivalent to sixth grade.
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