The UPSR results cannot be compared to the results of previous years because there has been a change in the format this year, said Examinations Syndicate director Datin Nawal Salleh.
Explaining the sudden drop in UPSR 2016 results on Friday, Nawal said that the UPSR format was changed to suit the aspirations of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015.
The format had remained the same for the past decade, she added.
Parents and pupils were upset with the results but Nawal pointed out those who scored straight this year were clearly “outstanding” and that set them apart from the rest of the candidates.
One of the aspirations of the Blueprint was to produce students who had thinking skills and this had been clearly reflected by those who scored straight As.
“They had strong thinking skills (in science), were able to elaborate and articulate well (in the language examinations), and could demonstrate clear steps when tackling mathematics questions,” she said.
On Thursday, Education director-general Tan Sri Khair Mohamad Yusof said that a total of 4,896 pupils scored straight They were 1.1% of the 440,782 candidates who sat for the examinations, compared to 38,344 or 17.7% out of 337,384 candidates last year, under the old format.
She said this year’s UPSR candidates were the first batch who used the new KSSR (Primary School Standard Curriculum) from 2011.
The UPSR is a centralised examination that is based on the KSSR, she reiterated.
Nawal said parents who were unhappy with their children’s results could appeal by obtaining the appeal forms that are available at schools or the counter at the Education Ministry in Putrajaya. — By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM
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