Scant improvement in UPSR performance
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — The Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR) 2012 results are not much different from last year, with several states showing an increase in the number and percentage of students getting A in all subjects.
Besides Kuala Lumpur, the states which showed improved results were Sarawak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Pahang, Sabah and Perlis.
However, seven states recorded a slight drop in results, namely Terengganu, Penang, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, Johor and Malacca.
In Kuala Lumpur, 2,487 or 10.35 per cent of 24,021 candidates obtained A in all subjects.
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur education director Abdullah Mad Yunus said the results were 0.37 per cent better than last year with 2,441 of 22,766 pupils scoring A in all subjects.
He said three schools, which recorded the highest number of candidates scoring A in all subjects, were Sekolah Kebangsaan Setiawangsa (97 pupils), Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara (93), and Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Dr Ismail 1 (89).
In Kuching, 2,010 of 45,946 candidates in Sarawak attained A in all subjects compared to 1,835 last year, an increase of 175 pupils or 0.22 per cent, said Sarawak education director Abdillah Adam.
He said 26,009 or 56.9 per cent of candidates chalked up at least Grade C in all subjects compared to 24,344 candidates or 55.52 per cent last year, an increase of 1.38 per cent.
In Seremban, Negeri Sembilan education deputy director Kalsom Khalid 2,197 pupils or 11.4 per cent of the candidates obtained 5As or 7As compared to 2,169 candidates or 11.6 per cent in 2011.
He said 13,632 candidates or 70.9 percent of pupils secured the minimum level of Grade C in all subjects, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to last year.
In Kuantan, the number of pupils in Pahang who obtained 5As increased to 3,025 from 2,977 last year.
State education deputy director Rosdi Ismail said 19,152 candidates achieved Grade A, B and C in all subjects.
The candidates in Felda schemes showed better results with 452 pupils from 5.062 candidates acquired Grade A, B and C compared to 446 from 5,004 pupils last year.
In Kangar, despite the reduction in the number of UPSR candidates this year, 416 pupils garnered outstanding results compared to 388 last year.
State education director Dun Kasa said the overall percentage of passes increased by 3.31 per cent to 65.71 per cent.
In Alor Setar, 3,342 of candidates in Kedah obtained grade A in all subjects, an increase of 0.11 per cent compared to last year.
Kedah education director Mansor Lat said the overall achievement of passes increased by 1.87 per cent to 66.32 per cent compared to 64.45 per cent last year.
In Keningau, Sabah education director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yussin said 1,035 of 45,337 candidates in Sabah attained A in all subjects, an increase of 0.04 per cent compared to last year.
On the whole, he said 21,140 or 47.22 per cent of successful candidates recorded at least Grade C in all subjects, an increase of 19.2 per cent compared to 20,403 last year.
In Kuala Terengganu, 3,012 or 13.22 per cent of 22,790 candidates in Terengganu obtained A in all subjects, a slight drop from 15.56 per cent last year, said state education director Zakaria Hussin.
In Penang, 2,752 or 10.55 per cent of 26,370 pupils scored A in all subjects, said state education director Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin.
He said it was a drop of 0.23 per cent compared to 2,652 of 24,874 candidates who got A in all subjects last year.
In Kota Baru, Kelantan education director Hussain Awang said the state’s overall achievement dropped to 71.83 per cent compared to 73.57 per cent last year.
“The percentage of candidates who got good achievement in all subjects declined by 0.41 per cent to 57.71 per cent compared to 58.12 per cent last year.
In Malacca, 1,466 candidates garnered outstanding grades in all subjects, a drop of 0.3 percent compared to 1,478 candidates last year.
State education director Kasim Mohamad said, however, the percentage of candidates obtaining the minimum good achievement of Grade C in all subjects rose by 0.3 per cent compared to 10,150 pupils last year.
In Shah Alam, Selangor deputy education director Mohd Salleh Mohd Kassim said 8,581 candidates obtained A in all subjects, a decrease of 0.96 per cent from 9,004 last year.
He said 54,092 candidates passed all subjects with the minimum level of Grade C.
In Ipoh, 3,718 candidates in Perak attained outstanding grades in all subjects compared to 3,882 candidate last year, a decrease of 0.82 percent.
Perak deputy education director Mohd Idris Ramli said, however, the number of candidates who achieved Grade A, B and C in all subjects increased to 28,298 from 26,818 candidates last year.
In Johor Baru, Johor education director Md Nor A Ghani said 9.07 per cent of candidates obtained A in all subjects, a drop of 0.69 per cent compared to 9.76 per cent in 2011.
He said the percentage of candidates who got good results with the minimum level of Grade C in all subjects rose by 0.57 per cent from 59.66 per cent last year to 60.23 per cent this year. — Bernama