Friday, November 16, 2007


Thirty SK Green Road, Kuching, students who got
5 straight As for their UPSR examinations received RM50
each from the Parent-Teacher Association yesterday.
Headmaster Abdul Latif Bujang said the incentive was given
to students who scored straight As every year.
- NST picture by Nadim Bokhari.

NST Online » Frontpage2007/11/16

UPSR: 48,400 score straight as

A total of 48,400 candidates of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) this year can give themselves a pat on the back after scoring straight As in the examination. They comprised 9.7 per cent of the total 500,786 Year Six pupils who sat for the examination from Sept 3 to 5, said Education director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom announced today. He said the results were better than the 42,029 (8.5 per cent) candidates who scored straight As in 2006 and 35,980 (7.3 per cent) who did so in 2005. Alimuddin said 9,060 candidates were from Chinese schools compared to 9,745 last year and 7,700 in 2005 while 571 candidates came from Tamil schools compared to 568 in 2006 and 517 in 2005.

The candidates who sat for this year’s UPSR were not the batch of students who had to learn Science and Mathematics subjects in English, he said.
“However, 89,875 or 18 per cent of candidates opted to answer the Science paper bilingually while 51,760 (10 per cent) did so for the Mathematics paper,” he said.
He further said that 1,324 (0.3 per cent) and 1,075 (0.2 per cent) of candidates chose to respectively answer the Science and Mathematics papers entirely in English.

Alimuddin said the ministry chose not make any announcement regarding the best UPSR candidate this year as academic achievements alone were not the main criterium.
“Other factors such as involvement in co-curriculum activities, personal traits and character should also be considered in determining the best students,” he said.
In this connection, he said, the ministry had relayed such information to state education departments and it was up to them to name their best students.

Alimuddin said Terengganu, Penang and Kuala Lumpur had consistently produced good results quantitatively and quality-wise over the past three years while Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan had shown marked improvement over the past few years.
He said schools in remote areas, including those attended by Orang Asli, Penan and Barawan children, had obtained encouraging results as 17 of the 27 candidates from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) To’Eman, Nyabor, Betung, Sarawak and two of the six candidates from SK Ulu Lubai, Limbang, Sarawak, managed to get 5As.
The percentage of Year Six pupils who could read and write well stood at 38.7 per cent and 49.5 per cent respectively.

Alimuddin said 20,856 candidates (4.2 per cent) obtained grades D and E this year compared to 19,960 (4 per cent) in 2006 and 21,033 (4.2 per cent) in 2005.
He said statistics showed that the performance of UPSR candidates over the past three years was stable in terms of quality and quantity.
“This proved that allegations of leaks in this year’s UPSR examination were unfounded,” he added.

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