THE 503,928 candidates heaved a sigh of relief on Monday when the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination results were released. Excitement and anxiety filled the air at scenes in primary schools all over the country.
There were smiles and tears as pupils obtained result slips from their school heads or crowded around notice boards trying to see how they had fared in the examination held in September.
It was a bittersweet time too as the Year Six pupils met up for the last time at primary school as they move on to Form One in different schools next year.
Double joy: (from left) Twins Nurul Syahirah Md Shah and Nurul Syafiqah from SK Kem Terendak, and Nur Fatin Syazwani Abdullah and Nur Fatin Shahirah Abdullah from SK Bukit Beringin, smile after obtaining 5A’s i n the exam
Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) director Dr Na’imah Ishak who announced the UPSR results last Monday, said 17,251 candidates or 3.42% of the total number of candidates scored below the minimum achievement (those with grades D, E, or a combination of both) as compared to 2.88% last year.
The gap between urban and rural candidates, who scored below the minimum achievement, had also widened. A total of 6,999 urban candidates and 10,221 rural candidates failed to obtain a minimum Grade C this year as compared to 6,615 urban candidates and 7,225 rural candidates in 2011.
However, Dr Na’imah said more students received good or average scores. She said 25 out of 1,752 special needs candidates who sat for the examination scored all A’s compared to 17 candidates last year.
The STAR Online Home Education Sunday 25 November 2012