PETALING JAYA: It was good news for Karen Chin three times over – her triplet sons excelled in the UPSR exam.
Pupils at SK Taman Megah here, Gan Kai Li scored 5As and 1B, while Kai Yi and Kai Ken got straight As and 4As and 2Bs respectively,
They were among 440,743 candidates who registered for the examination this year.
The boys spent two hours a day training and playing sports, representing their school at state-level for athletics.
Chin, 50, would split the boys into different sections of their home during revision.
“They’re always talking when they study together.
“I would give them exercises to work on independently for at least three hours a day,” she said, adding that she would then help them with the questions that they got wrong.
Chin, who accompanied her sons to the school to collect the Primary School Assessment Report (PPSR) together with the UPSR results, said the report was a good way of assessing pupils and balancing their achievements.
Starting last year, Year Six pupils are no longer judged formally based on the number of As they score in the UPSR examination.
They also received formal reports for sports, physical and curricular activities assessment, classroom assessment and psychometric assessment, which are compiled in the PPSR.
Year Six pupil Ng Sher Wynn, who obtained 6As, made her own timetable to balance her studies with the other PPSR components.
“I would change the timetable according to the subjects that were harder to do, which were English and Maths for me.
“I’m happy with my results but I could have done better in Music. I couldn’t understand its concept,” she said.
“To be honest, I didn’t study much for my PPSR components.”
Schoolmate Nimalraj Govindaraj said he would wake up at 5am daily to revise for the UPSR, before heading to school.
He used the weekends to play sports and activities, saying that this helped him tremendously.
“When I’m active, I learn faster. It also keeps you healthy and when I study, it needs to be fun,” he said, adding that he obtained 5Cs and 1B for UPSR.
On his Twitter account, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik congratulated all Year Six pupils, teachers and parents for “producing a holistic generation”.
“Whatever the result, you have achieved the best to move into the next phase of your life.
“This is just the beginning to build a better life.”