Drop in UPSR top scorers
> Decline attributed to new exam evaluation format
PUTRAJAYA: Only 1.11% or 4,896 pupils of the 452,721 who sat for the 2016 Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) scored straight As.
The decline has been attributed by Education Director-General Tan Sri Khair Mohamad Yusof to the new format aimed at evaluating pupils on their academic performance through literacy, numeracy as well as 4M (writing, reading, counting and reasoning).
Thus, he added, these results cannot be compared with those of the 2015 UPSR as the new format is aligned to the Primary School Standard Curriculum or KSSR, which was introduced in 2011.
“However, I am satisfied with this year’s overall results,” Khair told reporters when announcing the UPSR result analysis at his ministry yesterday.
The UPSR was held for eight days starting Sept 1 at 8,100 centres involving 51,518 examination personnel nationwide.
Of the 452,721 pupils who registered for the examination, 443,677 were from public schools and 9,044 from private schools.
Khair said some 8,345 (1.89%) pupils scored maximum 1B while 35,752 (8.11%) scored minimum 2B.
He added 91,366 (20.73%) scored a minimum of 1C, 152,825 (34.67%) a minimum of 1D, 137,262 (31.14%) a minimum of 1E and 9,519 (2.16%) obtained all Es.
Khair added the English test, which was divided into two papers (comprehension and grammar) was found to be satisfactory although there is a need to improve the pupils’ writing skills.
Khair said under the new format, Standard Six pupils of Chinese vernacular schools who previously needed a minimum grade of C in Bahasa Malaysia in order to proceed to Form One, could now do so with a minimum grade of D.
The National Average Grade (GPN) for UPSR 2016 was only 2.96 points.
Mahdzir speaking to pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh, Selangor. Below, left: Pupils and staff of SJKC Penang Chinese Girls Primary School celebrate their proud exam results.
Below: Christopher (left) and Li Ren were among 15 pupils who scored straight As.