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Friday December 23, 2011
By PRIYA KULASAGARAN firstname.lastname@example.org
PUTRAJAYA: A total 34,271 of 441,137 students scored straight A's in the 2011 Penilaian Menengah Rendah examinations, making it the best PMR results in the past four years.
The percentage of straight A scorers increased by 0.75% from 7.02% in 2010 to 7.77% this year.
Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said the National Average Grade (GPN) for the examinations improved from 2.74 in 2010 to 2.71 this year (a lower GPN indicates better results).
“The GPN indicator is the best in the past four years,” he said.
“All the PMR subjects showed an improvement in student achievement, except for Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Iban language and Islamic studies,” he said when announcing the results analysis here yesterday.
The performance of students with special needs increased this year, with 12 out of 1,370 candidates scoring straight A's compared with only five out of 1,405 last year.
Abdul Ghafar said there was still a significant gap in performance between urban and rural students.
“While 9.72% of urban students (26,189 candidates) students scored straight A's, only 3.82% of rural students (6,474 candidates) emerged as top scorers.
On the school-based assessment system that will replace the PMR in 2014, Abdul Ghafar said there would still be a central examination for Form Three students.
“The questions for the examination will be set by the ministry's Examination Board, but papers will be marked by the school teachers,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced last year that the PMR examinations would make way for school-based assessments.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, had said that the move would ease the pressure of an exam-oriented education system on pupils and students.
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