Overcoming fever to ace in UPSR exam

Nur Faziana getting a hug from her parents Abdul Ghafar and Nur Azleena Tan Abdullah, 47, for scoring straights As in the UPSR exam at SK Convent Green Lane, Penang. — Photo: GOH GAIK LEE/The Star

DESPITE being admitted to aprivate hospital for H1N1 on the second day of the UPSR, Nur Faziana Abdul Ghafar still passed the exam with flying colours.

The SK Convent Green Lane pupil could not believe that she scored 6As when she opened her results slip yesterday.

“I started having fever on the first day, but I still went to school the next day.

“But my temperature started rising and I was admitted. That was when the doctors told me that I had H1NI and had to be quarantined in the hospital,” she said when met at the school in Jalan Hamilton, George Town, yesterday.

Nur Faziana said she completed her other papers on the hospital bed.

“My hard work has paid off,” she enthused.

Her father Abdul Ghafar Saleh, 60, said they were more worried about her health than the exam.

“She has made us proud today,” he said.

Friends Chin Li Ren and Christopher Teh were jumping for joy as straight 8As scorers in SJK(C) Perempuan Cina.

They were the only two boys among 15 pupils who scored 8As in the school.

“With the additional papers, it was more challenging but we are happy that we have aced it,” Teh said.

SJK(C) Perempuan Cina was the top school with 97.61% of candidates achieving the minimum grade. The average school grade was 1.95 points.

Penang ranked third highest state with an average grade of 2.77 points, better than the national average grade of 2.96 points.

However, many parents were upset with the lower number of straight As.

In Bukit Mertajam, some parents were seen shedding tears in disappointment when they got the results as their children had done well in the trial exam.

Even a top school in George Town which had more than 30 pupils with straight As in 2015, recorded fewer than 10 pupils with 6As this year.

State Education Department deputy director Mohd Jamil Mohamad said overall, the average grade had dropped due to a new format of answering and marking system this year and introduction of an extra paper, English writing.

“This year, a total of 399 pupils scored straight As from 278 schools in Penang,” he told a press conference at SJK(C) Perempuan Cina.

Schools with 100% passes were SK Pulau Aman, SMK Permatang Tok Jaya in Seberang Prai, SJK(C) Chin Hwa and SJK(T) Ladang Byram.

The top 10 schools with straight As scorers were SJK(C) Perempuan Cina (15), SJK(C) Kwang Hwa (6), SJK(C) Hun Bin (1), SK Taman Senangan (5), SK Convent Green Lane (7), SK Pulau Aman (0), SJK(C) Han Chiang (2), SJK(C) Kai Chee (3), SJKC Kim Sen (9) and SJK(C) Shih Chung Cawangan (10).

The criteria for the top school is not based on the number of pupils with straight As but based on the average school grade.

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