PENANG: Nine blind children and three with low vision from the Alma Special School for the Visually Impaired here are among the 22,855 Year Six pupils in the state sitting for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examinations.
The nine who are totally blind are doing their exams in Braille while the other three read from question sheets with large print.
While other pupils had to complete the Bahasa Melayu comprehension and subjective papers within an hour each yesterday, these special children were given an additional 30 minutes for each paper.
Headmistress Rokiah Anwah said the pupils needed extra time as it was a slower process for them to read and answer the questions.
This is especially so when there are diagrams, as it takes time to feel and figure them out and the pupils are left with hardly enough time to write their answers properly, she said.
Pupil Lim Cheng Hin said he felt a little excited and nervous taking the exams, but was not afraid of doing so. In fact, I would feel much relieved once its over, he said.
His classmate Alfa Nur Aini Erman Efendi, the schools sole girl candidate for the UPSR, also said she was happy and excited about taking the exams.
I spent over a month preparing myself for it, and I hope that I will pass with flying colours, she said, after sitting for both papers yesterday.
The pupils will sit for their Mathematics and English papers tomorrow and for Science and other languages on Thursday.
Of the 22, 855 pupils sitting for UPSR in the state, 13,238 are from national schools, 8,821 from Chinese schools and 796 from Tamil schools.
A total of 476,909 Year Six pupils throughout the country are sitting for the UPSR this year.