Karangan UPSR and education in Malaysia
The Malaysian system of education is very well organized. In this karangan UPSR, we are going to take a closer look at the system and the various stages your child is going to have to go through while growing up.
Children between the age of 3 and 6 will go to kindergarten. There are government as well as private choices available.
When they turn 7, they go to primary school for 6 years. There are a couple of choices available here. The first one is SRK (Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan), which are schools run by the government. The language of instruction here is Malay. The second choice is SJK (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan), these schools are preferred by Indian or Chinese families. The medium of instruction here will be Tamil or Mandarin depending on which school you put your child in.
At the end of Year 6, when a child turns 12 years old, they will have to take the UPSR exam or the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah. This is basically a primary school achievement evaluation which tests how much children have learnt in junior school. It is a difficult test and is conducted simultaneously across the country.
After this comes secondary education which lasts for 5 years. There are a couple of exams here too, the first is after Form 3 when your child is 15 years old. It is called PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah). The second is after Form 5 when your child is 17 years old. It is called the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia). This is a test which is equivalent to the 'O' Level examinations in Britain or the SAT's in the United States.
Hopefully, this post has made it easier for you to understand how the education system works in Malaysia so you can make an informed decision about your child's education.