The Education Ministry (KPM) has announced that the Form 3 Assessment (PT3) examination will be abolished effective this year.
In a press conference on Thursday (2 June), Senior Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin shared that after not carrying out PT3 examinations in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, they will officially be abolishing it this year.
However, the assessments would be replaced with PBS that includes classroom-based (PBD), physical, sports and co-curricular, and psychometric assessments.
Radzi said the PBS consists of 2 parts – formative and summative and this will allow parents and teachers to more closely monitor the development of students and hold intervention sessions if the need arises.
“Compared to PT3, which was held when students are already set to move on to the next academic stage, our new approach will allow us to immediately identify problems faced by students and how they can be guided,” he said.
Radzi said the assessments will also help students in determining their preferred stream for Form 4. An analysis of their results and discussions with teachers will reveal their strengths and weaknesses.
As for the assessment, there will be five subjects for primary school – Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, Science and History – and all subjects for secondary school will be in the question bank.
Radzi said these summative assessments would be carried out every year and would focus just on the syllabus of that particular year. In addition, the timing will also be flexible and the ministry will provide a time frame when the exams must be completed.
Meanwhile, he also clarified that the Specific Schools Admission Assessment is a separate procedure that will continue to be implemented and students who are interested in furthering their education at boarding schools can sit for the exam.
He added that engagement sessions were held with several parent-teacher associations, school authorities and relevant stakeholders before the decision was finalised.