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Gov't to scrap primary school exams for Year 1 to 3 in 2019
Published:  Oct 31, 2018 4:56 AM
Updated: 6:23 AM

Examinations for primary school students in Year One to Three will be scrapped from 2019, Putrajaya has announced.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik tweeted the news this morning and stated that the exams will be replaced by a more objective form of assessment.

He tweeted: "Examinations for students in Level 1 (primary year 1, 2 and 3) will be abolished and will be replaced by a more objective assessment (method) beginning 2019."

However, he provided no further details on the decision.

Since helming the ministry, Maszlee has stated that he is taking a more holistic approach in revamping the education system, aimed at increasing the autonomy of institutions of higher learning, as well as reduce the burden on teachers and school-going children.

Among the initiatives he proposed were to reduce the volume of teachers' administrative work, eliminate the need for pupils' heavy school bags, enhance the use of Bahasa Malaysia, encouraging students to master more than three languages, as well as focus on art, music and literature.

He also announced that students will also have to sport black school shoes instead of the traditional white by the year 2021.

The move to change the colour of school shoes, however, proved controversial with several quarters deeming it trivial and that it would burden poor families.

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