BANGI: Sarawak’s proposal to formulate its own assessment system to replace the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for Year Six pupils in government schools in the state does not contravene the national education policy, education minister Fadhlina Sidek said.
She said as long as the proposal is related to the assessment of students, it aligned with the ministry’s direction.
“Currently, our goal is to strengthen assessments. So, if it is still within this framework, we are prepared to assist Sarawak,” she said at the launch of the Digital Education Policy at Bangi Avenue Convention Centre today.
Last month, Sarawak education, innovation and talent development minister Roland Sagah Wee Inn said the state planned to devise its own assessment system for students to replace the UPSR.
According to Roland, it was very important to determine which stream the student should be placed in when starting their secondary education.
Separately, Fadhlina said the ministry had a team to help older teachers with the digitisation initiative in schools if the group felt it was burdensome.
“Perhaps they have a bit of a problem mastering digital skills, but don’t worry. We have a team going to the field to provide assistance to ensure the seniors are not left behind,” she said.
At the same time, she hoped digital proficiency can be elevated to a higher level by 2025, considering that currently only 2% of the country’s educators have fully achieved advanced digital skills.
“We conduct this competency training series throughout the year to ensure participants move from the basic to intermediate level and progress to the advanced level.
“The advanced group is still small. We need 76% of educators at the intermediate level to continue to progress, while for the 22% at the basic level, their competency must improve,” she said.