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Monday, July 01, 2013

Tips For Answering UPSR Bahasa Malaysia Paper 2 Part C Nilai Murni

This year, I saw my girl's Bahasa Malaysia teacher during the Parents Teachers Conference. The reason I went to see  him was because I was confused about the instructions for the UPSR Bahasa Malaysia Paper 2 Part C Nilai Murni questions. The questions always states "answer in NOT MORE THAN 40 words" (tidak lebih daripada 40 perkataan), it does not say "answer in ESTIMATED 40 words" (beri jawapan dalam lebih kurang 40 perkataan). However, most sample answers in reference books and even her BM teacher himself gives answers that exceeds the 40 words, sometimes the answers are up to 60 words. So I wanted to clarify this.

I did not immediately ask this question when I saw him letting him lead the discussion instead.

The first thing he said to me was "you must improve her tatabahasa (grammar) and start preparing her for UPSR next year. Don't think that you have a lot of time next year. Although UPSR is in September, you don't have 9 months next year to prepare. Actually, you only have 4-5 months because the beginning of the year is a honeymoon period for most kids. If you add curriculum hours and holidays, you end up with only 4-5 months."

His advice was to "know exactly how many questions will come out for each aspect of the tatabahasa" for example how many adjective questions, how many "kata kerja" questions, how many "penjodoh bilangan" questions etc. Then work on her weak areas. He told me that next year the kids will mostly be taught how to answer exam papers.

Finally, I got to ask my question and his answer was "just ignore the NOT MORE THAN 40 words" instructions. Even if marks were to be cancelled, it will be 1 mark at the most but this has never been done before." What is more important is your child must have the following 3 things when she answers her questions:
  1. Nilai
  2. Huraian 
  3. Penanda Wacana
I asked him what "Huraian" was and he said it means "example" ...."seperti so and so yang........" whereas penanda wacana were words like "selain itu, di samping itu, akhirnya" etc. He said that if those 3 things are absent, perhaps around 2 marks each may be taken off. He said some kids tried to keep their words within 40 words by cancelling off some words and at the end causing the 3 items to be incomplete and more marks being taken off because of it maybe  up to 5 marks even. So he said it was better to keep your answers complete and not worry about the possible minus 1 mark for exceeding 40 words which he reminded me has never happened before.

I didn't have time to chat with him anymore after this because my girl was very restless and eager to go and meet her class teacher but I think his tips are valuable, interesting and something I never taught of. I am glad I went to see him. I have never seen any of the other teachers other than their class teachers before this.


  1. Thx for clarifying n sharing this, MG! I've also wondered how come the teachers and sample answers in workbooks don't keep to the min. no. of words. And I thot it's coz she's still in Std 4 - so more lenient. hahaha


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