KUCHING: Sarawak’s overall Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) result is a laudable one with the State Average Grade (SAG) or performing index being the best ever in 11 years at 2.52.
State Education director Datuk Abdillah Adam said the smaller the SAG, the better.
He said the SAG for Sarawak remained stagnant at 2.57 last year and the year before.
“Next year, let’s work together to achieve a smaller SAG of at least 2.4 and we still have a lot of catching up to do with other states,” he said.
“On top of that, 84 primary schools scored 100% in minimum achievement including eight Chinese-medium schools.
“A total of 37 schools obtain between 90% and 99.9% in minimum achievement, and 135 schools between 80% and 89.9%,” he said when announcing the state’s overall results at SK Matang Jaya here yesterday.
A total of 42,904 pupils sat for the examination in the state out of which 31,956 (74.48%) candidates came from national primary schools, 10,709 (24.96%) from Chinese-medium primary schools and 239 (0.56%) from private schools.
Abdillah said 1,916 (4.49%) out of 42,665 candidates from national and Chinese-medium schools scored As in all subjects they took, which was an increase of 0.09% from last year.
In Sarawak, he said SK Agama Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir Hassan here had the most candidates with straight As in all subjects with 61 pupils, followed by SK St Teresa, Kuching (43) and SJK Chung Hua Krokop, Miri (37).
The other 12 schools that had highest number of straight As candidates are SK St Anne, Sarikei (35), SK Methodist, Sibu (35), SK Satria Jaya, Kuching (31), SKJ Tung Hua, Sibu (31), SK RPR Jalan Astana, Kuching (30), SK Jalan Bintang, Miri (30), SK Green Road (29), SK Matang Jaya (27), SK St Joseph, Miri (26), SK St Joseph, Kuching (25), SJK Chung Hua No. 4 (25) and SJK Chung Sing, Sibu (24).
The top 15 school with candidates over 50 with the best SAG are SK Agama Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir Hassan (1.43), SK St Teresa (1.47), SK Agama Sibu (1.53), SK Agama Miri (1.62), SK Agama Ibnu Khaldun, Samarahan (1.65), SK Agama MIS Bintulu (1.66), SK St Mary, Kuching (1.68), SK Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, Kuching (1.69), SK Green Road (1.73), SJK Tung Hua (1.79), SK Agama MIS Lawas (1.80), SK Matang Jaya (1.83), SK RPR Jalan Astana (1.83), SK St. Ann (1.83) and SK St Joseph, Miri (1.86).
Abdillah said some rural schools with low pupils population did well such as those in SK Sibu Laut, Padawan with two candidates and SK Bakerkong, Daro with one candidate only.
“These three candidates scored straight As and this made their schools achieved 100% in performance and the best SAG at 1.00,” he said.
“Five other rural schools that obtained 100% the minimum achievement and good SAG are SK Kampung Bulau, Subis (1.27), SK Kampung Kebauw, Dalat (1.29), SJK Tung Kwong, Meradong ( 1.29), SK Sebat, Lundu (1.30) and SK Tanjung Penasu, Sibu (1.31).”
On subject performance, the performance for Bahasa Melayu (Pemahaman) in national schools has improved with the minimum achievement increased to 91.86% from 88.05% last year; Bahasa Melayu (Penulisan) declined to 81.39% from 83.20%; English declined to 68.45% from 70.26%; Mathematics increased to 80.15% from 79.19%; Science increased to 80.62% from 80%.
The overall performance for each subject is slightly under the national average.
In Chinese-medium schools, the performance for Bahasa Melayu (Pemahaman) has improved with the minimum achievement increased to 74.42% from 69.56% last year; Bahasa Melayu (Penulisan) increased to 73.35% from 70.18%; English increased to 60.32% from 61.62%; Mathematics increased to 91.75% from 91.14%; Bahasa Cina (Pemahaman) 78.76% declined from 79.74%, Bahasa Cina (Penulisan) 72.43% declined from 74.43%; and Science increased to 86.56% from 86.52%.