A Malaysian National Curriculum offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) with Malay language as the main language of instruction for learning. The new curriculum known as KSSR Revised (Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah Semakan) will be replacing the old curriculum (KSSR) starting in 2017. The aim of the new curriculum revised by MOE is to equip learners with the 21st Century skills with high order thinking skills, moulding leaders for tomorrow and the ability to use bilingual in their daily life. All these are to prepare the nation for global competition to succeed in the world today. Learners will follow the curriculum for six years from Primary One to Primary Six.
Before progressing to secondary education, Primary Six learners sit for the Primary School Achievement Test (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah, UPSR). The subjects tested are Malay comprehension, written Malay, English Paper 1 and English Paper 2, Science and Mathematics. The aims of the primary level education are to equip learners with a strong foundation of language, science knowledge, mathematics skills and other supporting subjects that are in line with the goals of the National Philosophy of Education which seeks to optimise the intellectual, emotional and spiritual potential of pupils.
The increased proportion of Higher Thinking Order content in the curriculum as well as in the summative assessments has gradually brought about a shift from recalling in learning to critical thinking that will prepare the learners for global competition. While academic excellence in the public examinations is a vital aspect of the learners’ success, we also conduct ongoing formative assessments that are used to gauge learners’ progress of learning. Assessment for Learning is an integral part of learning which enables close monitoring of learners’ attainment based on the learning standards. Learners will hence become more engaged and independent in their learning.