Only 1.11% of Malaysian Pupils scored straight A’s at UPSR test in 2016
UPSR results in 2016 were significantly low compared to those in 2015; with only 4, 896 pupils that represented 1.11% scoring straight A’s in 2016 out of a total of 452, 721 candidates; contrary to 2015 with 38, 344 students scoring the same result.
The Parent Action Group for Education (PACE) recognized that the reason of the poor results in 2016 was due to the recent change in the syllabus: from the KBSR (Kurikulum Baru Sekolah Rendah) syllabus to KSSR (Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah); with existing miscommunications issues between the education ministry and the Examination Syndicate, which in turn left teachers unsure as to what was expected from them to prepare students and parents accordingly. “Teachers felt they were being left in the dark and shortchanged. Instructions were a blur”.
Despite the low performance in UPSR, PAGE chairman Noor Azimah remains supportive of the new syllabus KSSR, along with parents, because it adopts more critical thinking and problem-solving questions that require Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS); given that starting from 2016 students are required to have these skills to answer UPSR questions that involve open-response questions.
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