|UPSR 2005 Results: Encouraging Improvements
Education Director-General Datuk Dr Ahamad Sipon
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- This year's Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results have shown encouraging improvements for all national schools (SK) and national type schools (SJK) with the candidates' peformance rising 0.5 per cent compared with last year's.
Education Director-General Datuk Dr Ahamad Sipon said that of the 506,814 registered candidates, 35,870 or 7.3 per cent obtained 5As or 7As compared with 32,982 (6.8 per cent) last year.
A total of 473,544 candidates or 95.8 per cent got at least a C Grade in at least one subject compared with 466,402 (95.4 per cent) previously.
"This means that less than five per cent of the candidates had performed below the minimum level in all subjects," he said when announcing 2005 UPSR results at a news conference here today.
For the first time, the ministry also announced encouraging achievements among special candidates comprising paralysed, blind, dyslexic and autistic students.
Dr Ahamad said that of the 630 special candidates, 15 or 2.4 per cent secured 5As or 7As while 402 or 63.8 per cent had minimum grip in at least one subject.
When asked why the ministry revealed the results of special students, he said it was initiated by Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein who wanted to focus on and highlight the candidates' achievements.
Dr Ahamad also said that the performance in 10 of the 12 subjects was encouraging, recording over 10 per cent with excellence (Grade A) grade, with Bahasa Melayu SK Writing surpassing other subjects, i.e. 53.9 per cent.
There were seven subjects where the performance had exceeded the minimum (Grade C) chalking up over 80 per cent, namely Bahasa Melayu SK Comprehension (92.2), Bahasa Melayu SK Writing (86.5), Chinese Comprehension (88.8), Chinese Writing (87.7), Tamil Understanding (87.9), Mathematics (85.3) and Science (85.4).
Dr Ahamad said the candidates' performance in English SK and SJK, in terms of quality and quantity, was also gratifying.
"The performance shows that the government's initiatives to enhance the candidates' command of English is successful and needs be continued," he said.
He said the rural students' performance in English had also improved with the percentage of students who obtained excellence (Grade A) in SK and SJK rising by 3.1 and 3.2 per cent respectively.
The percentage of rural candidates who surpassed the minimum level of command in English SK also increased by 4.1 per cent.
Meanwhile, Wan Nurshafiqah Munirah Halimi of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Raja in Besut, Terengganu emerged the best student overall in the examination.
Dr Ahamad said 28 other students, including four special students also excelled.
They would be given a treat in a special event with Hishammuddin in Kuala Lumpur soon, he said.
Following is the list of top students in the 2005 UPSR:
Aina Farzana Mohd Azmi (SK Bukit Rahman Putra, Gombak)
Lee Zcho En (SJKC Sin Min B, Sungai Petani, Kedah)
Teoh Hwee Chee (SJKC San Min No 1, Teluk Intan, Perak)
Zaidatul Nawal Hamdi (SK Seri Perlis, Arau, Perlis)
Chuay Kai Yan (SJKC Khai Chee, Kuala Lumpur)
Ong Zhan Zhoon (SJKC Chung Shan, Ipoh, Perak)
Ang Yee Theng (SJKC Hun Bin, Pulau Pinang)
Chua Shu Wan (SK Convent, Muar, Johor)
Brian Teoh Kok Shaun (SK La Salle, Klang, Selangor)
Ahmad Syakir Aiman Mohd Rahim (SK Tok Jiring, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu)
Nurul Fadhilah Syahirah Ismail (SK Bukit Payong, Marang, Terengganu)
Nur Izzati Ahmad (SK Seri Perlis, Arau, Perlis)
Nuha Zhafirah Nor A'zam (SK Tunku Ismail, Sungai Petani, Kedah)
Nur Diyana Izzati Mohamed Shaari (SK Sultan Sulaiman 2, Kuala Terengganu)
Nurhidayatul Akmal Mohd Taib (SK Durian Burong, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu)
Karlin Alia Nor Ariffin (SK (P) Methodist, Kuantan Pahang
Arunkummar A/L Manickam (SJKT Slim River, Slim River, Perak)
Marissa Law Jun Yi (SK Seri Selangor, Subang Jaya, Selangor)
Rebecca Nachiappan (SK Sri tebrau, Johor Baharu, Johor)
Najwa Farhana Mohd Adnan (SK Sungai Isap, Kuantan, Pahang)
Khalisshwary A/P Gnapathy (SJKT Ladang Valdor, Sungai Bakap, Pulau Pinang)
Nur Akmal Ismail (SK Datuk Hashim 1, Kota Bahru, Kelantan)
Tamilarasu A/L Gunasegaran (SJKT Maha Ganes Viddyasalai, Manjung, Perak)
Norehan Salikon (SK Seri Makmur, Sungai Besar, Sabak Bernam, Selangor).
The four special students are:
Muhamad Faiz Danyal who suffers autism (SK Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur)
Norhamizah Idros (paralysis) (SK RKT Lasah, Sungai Siput Utara, Perak)
Khairul Aiman Hashim (dyslexia) (SK Seksyen 20, Shah Alam, Selangor) and
Low Fang Jun (blind) (SK Klang, Klang, Selangor).