Saturday, November 08, 2008

UPSR results out Thursday

The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Pupils will be able to obtain their Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination results next Thursday.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said pupils would be able to collect their results at their respective schools after 10am.

“This does not mean that the decision on whether to continue with the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English will be announced after the release of the UPSR results,” he told reporters Friday after the ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting.

Hishammuddin said the UPSR results would have to be analysed first before it was brought back to the stakeholders at the four roundtables for further discussion.

The issue would then be brought to the Cabinet for a decision on whether the policy would remain in English or revert to Bahasa Malaysia, he said.

A total of 518,616 pupils sat for the examination this year and were the first group to have started studying the two subjects in English, when the policy was introduced in 2003.

The policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English was implemented in phases, starting with Year One, Form One and Lower Six in 2003.

He had said last week that an announcement on the issue would depend on how long it took to analyse the differing views.

Hishammuddin had said that whatever was decided, the ministry would not start in January next year as it was too soon.

He said any decision would not affect those already in the system and that it would start with a new group of Year One pupils.

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