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Published: Thursday November 11, 2010 MYT 11:33:00 AM
Updated: Thursday November 11, 2010 MYT 2:14:03 PM

10% of UPSR candidates score straight As

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 48,327 or 10.02% of 482,334 UPSR candidates this year obtained all As.

The percentage is higher than the 9.51% recorded last year.

Education director-general Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said this was the best achievement in four years based on the national average grade, the index used in measuring the achievement of school examination candidates nationwide.

However, the number of candidates obtaining the minimum Grade C decreased by 1.37% from last year, he added.

"Thankfully, the percentage of candidates obtaining lower than the minimum grade (those obtaining Grade D or E or a combination of both), also decreases from 3.99% last year to 3.39% this year," he said when announcing the UPSR results here.

Abdul Ghafar said Grade A achievements of national and national-type primary schools in Mathematics showed an increase of 1.9% from last year while for Science, the increase was 1.7%.

He said national schools scored a better percentage of those obtaining Grade A in Malay Language (Comprehension) this year, which was 4.5%, while in Writing Skills, the percentage showed a decline, by 8.9%, from last year.

For national-type schools, there was a decrease in the percentage of both the Malay Language examinations, by 2.9 and 3.4 respectively.

He said the analysis for the Malay and English language results was done separately for the national and national-type schools because of the differences in the scope as well as the time allocated for the teaching of the subject.

For the English language subject, he said, there was an increase in the average grade in the national and national-type schools at 2.74% (2.79 last year) and 2.69% (2.80 last year) respectively.

Abdul Ghafar said the Aptitude Test showed a drastic increase in pupil's preference for the social, cultural and sports fields compared to technical, vocational and academic.

However, he said, the result was not an absolute barometer, saying the preference could change over time.

"This is just an indicator and it is not absolute. Nevertheless, we will look into why the lack of interest in academic, technical and vocational fields," he said.

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