KUALA LUMPUR: The resit of the 2014 Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Science and English papers went smoothly and pupils were seen to be in high spirits while sitting for them.
Many among them saw it as a second chance to improve their scores.
In KUALA LUMPUR, 21,024 pupils resat papers for the two subjects, comprising 2,847 from Government schools, 7,453 from Chinese schools, 611 from Tamil schools and 113 private candidates.
Kuala Lumpur Education Department director Nawal Salleh said the pupils were from the five zones of Bangsar (two), Pudu, Keramat and Sentul while 1,183 invigilators were tasked with ensuring the smoothness of the examination.
Siti Aida Nabila Aini, a Sekolah Kebangsaan Bangsar pupil, said the resit was an opportunity to improve on her performance during the original UPSR examination, which started on Sept 9.
"In the previous examination, I did not answer the questions in the English papers as well, and it could be improved this time around," she said when met at the school.
At SK Menjalara in Kepong, Asmah Ismail, 41, wanted her daughter Nuraqilah Abd Farouk, 12, to do her best and to put aside the nervousness she was feeling.
"I was relieved when I realised my daughter was excited to sit for the papers again," said Asmah, who is also a music teacher at the school.
In PAHANG, State Education Department (assessment and examination sector) chief Razali Mohd said there were no reports of pupils who refused to resit the subjects.
A total of 25,133 candidates resat the two papers at 561 centres, with 2,279 examination invigilators statewide.
In PENANG, SK Jalan Hamilton's Parent-Teacher Association chairman, Mohd Nizam Nazri Mohd Hisham, 45, said parents should continue to support and encourage their children to do their best.
"The leak happened, but what we can do is stand together with the children, give them encouragement and look at the situation positively," he said.
A total of 23,621 candidates resat the UPSR Science and English papers at 281 examination centres in the state, which Penang Education Department director Datuk Osman Hussain said went smoothly.
In TERENGGANU, state Education Department director Zakaria Hussin said they cooperated with school counsellors to boost spirits of students who were adversely affected.
"I also reminded prefects on duty to ensure nothing untoward took place and to ensure what transpired this year to be a lesson for all," he said, adding that 21,791 candidates resat the UPSR examination in the state.
In PERAK, state Education Department director Mohd Idris Ramli said seven of the 38,566 candidates sat for the repeat papers at four hospitals due to health problems.
In KELANTAN, the resit involved 32,926 candidates including 55 hearing impaired or short-sighted pupils, said state Education Department director Hussain Awang.
In MALACCA, the resit involving 13,780 candidates went smoothly and received the cooperation of all parents, said State Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Green Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Md Yunos Husin.
In SABAH, state Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip congratulated all teachers on islands, the interior, rural areas and towns for raising spirits of pupils and making enable 45,361 candidates to resit the examination.
In SARAWAK, 42,669 of 43,030 candidates who registered for the UPSR resat the two subjects, said state Education Department (assessment and examination sector) chief Su Hiong Ai.
In KEDAH, state education, transport and public works committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain said 35,769 pupils said for the two papers at 571 centres state-wide.
In JOHOR, state Education Department director Aminuddin Adam said there were no reports of absent candidates, and that the repeat examination involving 57,486 candidates went well.
In NEGRI SEMBILAN, state Education Director Datuk Kalsom Khalid hoped counselling sessions, motivation and support given would be fruitful for 30,000 pupils resitting the UPSR examination.
The repeated examination papers Tuesday were Science 018, 028 and 038 and English 014/1 and English 014/2. The new date for the resit of Mathematics 015/1, 025/1, 035/1 and Tamil Language 036 and 037 papers is on Oct 9.
The resits were called after leaks of these UPSR examination papers. A total of 472,853 pupils sat for the UPSR examination this year. - Bernama
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