Drop in UPSR top scor­ers

> De­cline at­trib­uted to new exam eval­u­a­tion for­mat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AIEZAT FADZELL

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.

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