With effect from this year, all Primary 6 students from aided Chinese primary schools (SJKC) and Tamil schools must attain Mastery Level (TP) 4 to TP6 in their respective schools’ assessment for the Bahasa Melayu (BM) language subject to proceed to Form 1 studies.
According to The Borneo Post, the official notice from the Ministry of Education (KPM) said pupils who attained TP1 to TP3 in the assessment will have to be further assessed in the Bahasa Melayu Assessment Literacy Test (UPLBM).
The notice also said that pupils who fail the UPLBM test will be denied entry into Form 1, and referred to foundation class.
Students who managed to pass the UPLBM will be granted entry into Form 1.
It was also reported that the UPLBM was already conducted on 14 Feb in all SJKC and Tamil schools.
The new school term is expected to begin on 21 March.
Commenting on the matter, Deputy Education Minister Senator Datuk Mah Hang Soon said that the UPLBM test is aimed at assessing the Bahasa Melayu standard among the pupils concerned and not to make it difficult for these young ones.
He added that students who failed the UPLBM will be referred to the foundation class to enable them to master the national language.
In the past, he said the ministry decides whether a Primary 6 pupil will be allowed entry into Form 1 based on the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) result for the Bahasa Melayu language subject.
“If a pupil does not pass either writing or comprehension test, the pupil will be referred to foundation class. Now that UPSR is scrapped, the ministry has decided that Primary 6 pupils will be assessed based on their Bahasa Melayu subject results at the school.” he said.
Mah also explained that the ministry had come up with UPLBM to give a second chance to pupils who attained TP1 to TP3 for the national language subject to proceed to Form 1 studies.