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Testing time for UPSR candidates and parents

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

MANY people are unhappy with the results of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) because they feel the switch to the new format was too jarring.

This year, fewer than 5,000 pupils scored straight As out of the 440,782 who sat for the examinations in September. In contrast, 38,344 UPSR candidates had all As in 2015.

It is as if the pool of top Year Six students receded dramatically in just one year.

The Education Ministry has made it clear that it is not useful to make that comparison because the UPSR has been revamped this year in line with the recommendations of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2015.

This is the first time that the examination is based on the Pri­mary School Standard Curri­culum (better known by its Bahasa Malaysia acronym KSSR), which the ministry began rolling out in 2011.

That means greater emphasis on higher-order thinking skills such as analysing, critical thinking, hypo­thesising and decision making

According to the Examinations Syn­­dicate, this year’s As were awarded to those who showed strong thinking skills in the science papers, were able to elaborate and articulate well in the language subjects, and solved the mathematics questions using clear steps.

“We want to recognise the academic achievements of these excellent pupils and differentiate them from the normal pupils,” said Examinations Syndicate director Datin Nawal Salleh.

The trouble is, many of these “normal pupils” are accustomed to the idea that As are plentiful as long as they remember what the tea­chers taught and the questions they attempted before the UPSR.

Naturally, these 12-year-olds are shocked and dejected when their results fall short, particularly if they had done well in their trial exams. And their parents are upset, too.

In the world of business and management, this would have been diagnosed as a case of poorly managed expectations.

Students and parents were not ready for the fact that the As will not flow as easily as they used to, at least not during the early days of the new format.

And it appears that the schools and the ministry have not sent a clear message (until now, that is) that rote learning and predicting exam topics and questions, are no longer enough to produce high marks.

There is much about the new format that has to sink in, and questions remain about how well the students understand what is expected of them in the UPSR.

Meanwhile, this is the time for the adults to address the pupils’ confusion and dismay. These young ones need to understand what has happened and why.

It should be explained to the children that they need to see the results in the proper perspective. The Bs, Cs, Ds and Es – or the As, for that matter – do not represent the sum of a person. By no means do poor UPSR grades signify the end of the road.

The students need to learn about resilience and adaptability. And yes, the higher-order thinking skills will serve them well, too.

The Star Says.

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New format to suit blueprint needs

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

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.

by REBECCA RAJAENDRAM.

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Passing UPSR with flying colours

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

SUSPENSE filled the air as the 46 pupils who sat for the UPSR at SJK(T) Ladang Edinburgh in Kuala Lumpur waited for their results to be read out.

One pupil obtained 8As, two got 6As and one got 5As.

Sri Darshini Thiruselvam, 12, who scored 8As, said: “Although I got 8A’s in my trial exam, I didn’t expect to get the same results (in the actual exam) because the Mathematics paper was very difficult.” Her mother, Balwir Kaur, who was on her way to the school when the results were announced, swung by a shop to get her daughter’s favourite chocolate to celebrate.

“Darshini had been preparing for this exam since January. At home, she spent most of her time studying. I would tell her, ‘Enough!’ and ask her to go to sleep or to take a break.

“It is just an exam. It is not the end of the world!” said Balwir.

Darshini’s schoolmate, Devyaan Mageswaran, who scored 6As, said: “The exam was hard, especially the Tamil and English paper as it asked a lot of tough questions.”

Devyaan credits his good results to the school, which held extra classes six days a week, and to his mother, Vasantha Ramachandaran, who “helps me study, gives me advice, and takes care of me”.

Vasantha said she was happy with his results.

“This is the first year that the UPSR format has changed, and also the first time the pupils sat for a second English paper.”

Prior the the exam, the diligent mother helped her son prepare by going online and getting different papers for him to practice with.

“Because of the new syllabus, we couldn’t practice by doing past year questions.

“So I would visit online parent groups to get question papers from different schools and states. These were shared by parents,” she said.

Prisha Mahendran also obtained 6As. “I was hoping to get 8As. I was not used to the new format, but I tried my best,” she said.

To celebrate her results, she said her parents would be taking her out to eat.

SJK(T) Ladang Edinburgh headmistress Theresa Ayyakkannu was happy with her pupils’ performance.

“We have a 100% passing rate for Mathematics and Science.

“The passing rate for all the other subjects have also improved,” she said.

She praised everyone including the pupils’ parents and teachers for their hard work.

“The teachers put in a lot of time and energy, even coming to school during the weekends to teach extra classes. Parents cooperated with the school and our pupils have put in a lot of effort too,” she added.

by EMILY CHANOOI MAY SIM, and LEE CHONGHUI.

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UPSR tailored to identify excellent pupils

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

PUTRAJAYA: Top scorers in this year’s new-curriculum Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) were those who showed strong scientific thinking skills, were able to elaborate and articulate well (in the language examinations), and demonstrated clear steps when tackling the mathematical questions.

“We want to recognise the academic achievements of these excellent pupils and differentiate them from the normal pupils,” said Examinations Syndicate director Datin Nawal Salleh.

“These are the standards that need to be met in the curriculum to show that they have absorbed the information (in the syllabus),” she told a press conference yesterday to explain the sudden drop in the UPSR 2016 results.

She said this year’s UPSR candidates were the first batch to use the new KSSR (Primary School Standard Curriculum) from 2011.

Nawal said parents who were unhappy with their children’s results could appeal by obtaining the forms at schools or the counter of the Education Ministry office in Putrajaya.

On Thursday, Education director-general Tan Sri Khair Mohamad Yusof said 4,896 pupils scored straight As this year or 1.1% of the 440,782 candidates who sat for the examinations, compared with 38,344 or 17.7% out of 337,384 students last year under the old format.

Nawal said the results should not be compared with last year as the format has been changed to suit the aspirations of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015.

“This year should be the benchmark,” she said, adding that the UPSR format had not been changed for the past decade.

She also said that children’s development and assessment in school should not be based just on their ability to score but also on how well they performed in their school assessment, physical activity, sports and co-curricular assessment, and psychometric assessment.

She said this was why schools were instructed to provide reports on the above when they handed out the results slips to the pupils.

She added that one of the aspirations of the blueprint was to produce students with strong leadership qualities and thinking skills.

Hence, Nawal said the syndicate decided to include elements of higher order thinking skills (HOTS) in this year’s UPSR.

“The HOTS questions have been designed to test if a pupil has grasped the concept,” she said.

She also said the incorporation of HOTS questions was not new as it has been part of the KSSR.

“We want to develop HOTS from the time these children are in primary school,” she said, adding that the process of developing these skills happen during teaching and learning in the classroom.

by REBECCA RAJAENDRAM.

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/11/19/upsr-tailored-to-identify-excellent-pupils-top-scorers-showed-strong-scientific-mathematical-and-lan/

3As and 3Bs sufficient for entry into residential schools

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

PETALING JAYA: The minimum academic requirement to apply for a place in the country’s fully residential schools for 2017 is 3As and 3Bs in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2016 examinations.

The Education Ministry said that the change in entry policy, requirements and criteria to residential schools was based on the modifications and higher quality of the UPSR 2016 examinations.

“However, the selection and placement rankings of the student in the residential school does not solely depend on their academic achievements in the UPSR,” it said in a statement.

The ministry said the student’s school assessment, physical activity, sports and co-curricular assessment and psychometric assessment reports – which are part of the school-based assessment – will also be taken into account.

The ministry hoped that parents of students who wish to enrol in these schools in 2017 would not worry as the selection process would be fair and based on the students’ entire achievement profile as reflected in their school-based assessment reports.

There are 9,000 places open for Form One in 69 residential schools for the 2017 academic year.

Speaking after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and Microsoft Malaysia yesterday, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the ministry has received 60,000 online applications from pupils who were keen to enter fully residential schools next year.

In a separate statement, Mara said it was reviewing entrance criteria for entry to Form One in Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) for the 2017 school year based on the 2016 UPSR results.

The current entry requirement to MRSM is 6As in the UPSR with priority given to those from the lower income bracket.

In a statement yesterday, it said it would announce the new requirements soon.

There are 7,500 Form One places in MRSM for next year.

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New UPSR format sees big drop in straight A scorers

Friday, November 18th, 2016
    We did it: The 11 pupils from SK Bukit Rahman Putra who scored straight As posing at their school.

We did it: The 11 pupils from SK Bukit Rahman Putra who scored straight As posing at their school.

PUTRAJAYA: This year’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results which saw fewer candidates scoring straight As, cannot be compared with last year’s due to the change in format.

Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said this year’s UPSR candidates were the first batch who used the new KSSR (Primary School Standard Curriculum) and went through the PBS (School-based Assessment),” he said when announcing the UPSR 2016 results analysis here yesterday.

He said that a total of 4,896 pupils scored straight As this year or 1.1% of the 440,782 candidates who sat for the examinations, compared to 38,344 or 17.7% out of 337,384 students last year under the old format.

This year also marks the first time the English Language has been split into two grades, one each for the comprehension and writing papers.

At least 23% failed to achieve the minimum D in their English Language Writing paper while about 16% did not achieve the mini­mum D for the Comprehension paper, he said.

“The candidates have yet to achieve a level we desire for the English Language Writing paper,” he added.

Dr Khair said this revealed the candidates’ weaknesses in writing accurate and grammatically correct answers.

He said that among the other changes were more Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions being used in this year’s examinations.

The 2016 UPSR language comprehension papers also contained, for the first time, multiple forms of objective questions and limited response questions, he added.

Dr Khair explained that multiple forms of objective questions included fill-in-the-blanks type of questions.

He also said that this year’s UPSR results do not just take into account the academic achievements of pupils.

“Pupils who sat for the UPSR 2016 examinations can collect their results slip together with their school assessment, physical activity, sports and co-curricular assessment and psychometric assessment reports,” he added.

He said this was to provide a more comprehensive, holistic and meaningful picture of a pupil’s achievements.

Dr Khair added that all candidates would continue their studies and enrol in secondary school.

In Sungai Buloh, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said UPSR was not the end of students’ academic journey but just the beginning.

Presenting certificates to five pupils who sat for the Pentaksiran Alternatif Sekolah Rendah (PASR), which is equivalent to UPSR but designed for pupils with special needs at SK Bukit Rahman Putra, he said this year’s result was not disappointing despite the new format.

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SK St Monica keeps UPSR top spot in Sandakan

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Results

Top scorers of SK St Monica show their examination result slips with their teachers

SANDAKAN: SK St Monica retains its place as the top school with the best examination results for Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2016 in this district.

It also kept its ranking as the fourth best school in Sabah for UPSR 2016, when the results were announced on Thursday.

This year, it obtained an 88.97 per cent pass with a school average grade of 2.41.

Six pupils scored 6As and they are Andi Mohd Asyraf Paturusi bin Adam, Andi Nurul Asyiqin binti Arshad, Brandon Chin Min Qiao, Brenna Lo Tzi Yuet, Nurin Afifah binti Mohd Azlan and Sanchitha A/P Sangkar.

A total of 136 candidates sat for the UPSR in SK St Monica and 10 of them scored at least 5As for all subjects taken. There was however a slight drop in the passing rate compared to last year. The percentage was 91.45 per cent in 2015 and 88.97 per cent this year.

The school average grade last year was 1.92. SK Sungai Madang was second after SK St Monica with a 100 per cent passing rate this year and a school average grade of 2.56.

by ALIZA ALAWI

UPSR: Only 187 in Sabah score all A’s under new format

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Kota Kinabalu: Only 187 pupils or 0.43 per cent of the 43,661 candidates in Sabah who sat for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination scored straight A’s under the new format this year.

Last year, a total of 1,612 pupils in Sabah obtained all A’s under the previous format.

However, State Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said there would be no comparison made with this year’s results to the previous year’s due to the change of format.

“The new and improved UPSR examination was introduced, which is in line with the implementation of the Primary School Standard Curriculum (KSSR) as well as to complement the implementation of the School-based Assessment (PBS), apart from promoting higher order thinking skills (KBAT) elements.

“The candidates this year were the first batch of pupils who underwent KSSR and PBS since Year One in 2011.

“The transformation of curriculum and assessment in primary school level was conducted to ensure a holistic, balanced and integrated development of the pupils’ potentials.

“This development encompasses intellect, spiritual, emotional and physical to produce balanced, harmonious and well-mannered individuals,” she said when announcing the UPSR 2016 results at Wisma Pendidikan, here, Thursday.

Maimunah said under the new format, UPSR is an examination to assess pupils’ academic achievement in terms of literacy, numerical and reasoning skills or 4M (Menulis (Writing), Membaca (Reading), Mengira (Counting) and Menaakul (Reasoning)) and not merely on the number of A’s attained by candidates.

“The UPSR results refer to the candidates’ academic accomplishment based on content, learning and achievement standards as outlined in the Curriculum and Assessment Standards Document (DSKP) and do not refer to passes or failures.”

The UPSR Average National Grade (GPN) for the State is 3.29 or 51.82 per cent this year and 22,626 candidates or 51.82 per cent scored at least a D in each subject this year.

According to Maimunah, 38,139 pupils at national schools and 5,522 candidates from national Chinese-type schools sat for their UPSR examination in September this year. This is also a decrease of 1,067 candidates this year, compared to last year’s 44,728 pupils.

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4,896 UPSR Candidates Obtain Grade A In All Subjects – Khair

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 17 (Bernama) – Some 4,896 students of 452,721 who sat for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2016 examination obtained Grade A in all subjects, said Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

The candidates were the first cohort under the UPSR new format in line with the implementation of the Primary School Standard Curriculum (KSSR) which emphasises elements of High Thinking Skills (KBAT).

“We cannot compare the analysis of UPSR 2016 with that of last year since this is the first cohort under KSSR,” he said when announcing the analysis of UPSR 2015 results at the Ministry of Education, here today.

Khair said some 8,345 candidates or 1.89 per cent obtained the maximum 1B; 35,752 candidates or 8.11 per cent obtained the minimum 2B; 91,366 candidates or 20.73 per cent obtained the minimum 1C.

“A total of 152,825 candidates or 34.67 per cent obtained the minimum 1D, 137,262 candidates or 31.14 per cent obtained the minimum 1E while 9,519 candidates or 2.16 per cent obtained all E.”

The National Average Grade (GPN) for UPSR 2016 was only 2.96 points. Khair was satisfied with the USPR examination results this year because the students were able to answer multiple choice and open ended questions. “The new UPSR format has more subjective tests for Pemahaman (Comprehension) paper for all language subjects, unlike only objective tests previously.

“The objective questions in various forms and limited response are new elements for Pemahaman paper starting with the UPSR examination this year in addition to reading and writing skills.”

He said the improvements of this new format could show the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates in reading skills (comprehension) and write. “The English Language paper is divided into comprehension and writing (combined last year). We find that the writing skills of the candidates have not reached the desired level.”

Khair said the performance of urban candidates was better than rural candidates in achieving all A, maximum 1B, minimum 2B and minimum 1C. “The percentage of urban and rural candidates who obtained Grade A in all subjects is 1.48 per cent (3,174) and 0.76 percent (1,722) respectively. This means the gap between urban and rural candidates is 0.72 per cent.”

Some 1,333 candidates with special needs (CBK) sat for the UPSR examination this year and two candidates obtained Grade A in all subjects while seven others obtained the maximum 1B in all subjects.

BERNAMA.

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743 UPSRA Candidates Score 7As In Federal Territories – Jawi

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) — A total 743 of the 6,668 candidates who sat for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah Agama (UPSRA) this year in Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya obtained 7As in all the subjects.

Deputy Director (Operations) of the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) Yaakob Abdul Rahim said the percentage of passes this year had increased to 93 from 88.9 last year.

“Another 479 candidates obtained 6As. In general, the results of the UPSRA is better than last year which is a positive indicator for the development of the education system in religious primary schools (SRA),” he said when announcing the results here today.

Yaakob said the al-Quran subject maintained 100 percent passes for all candidates for the fifth consecutive year, while the percentage for Tajwid and Akhlak, was 95 percent each, Feqah (93 percent), Tauhid and Arabic Language at 91 percent and Sirah (84 percent).

He said the three best overall schools were SRA Al Ghazali, Kepong; SRA AL-Suyuthi, Kampung Pandan and SRA Al-Ghufran, Pinggir Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

The UPSRA was conducted simultaneously in the Federal Territories from Oct 6 to 13.

Meanwhile, Yaakob said JAWI will upgrade two more SRA in the federal capital to Sekolah Integrasi Rendah Agama JAWI (SIRAJ) next year, namely the SRA Abdullah Ibnu Abbas, Pantai Dalam and the SRA Abu Dzar al-Ghifari, Kepong.

BERNAMA.

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