The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results show an overall improvement this year compared to last year, with the overall national average grade increasing by one per cent, Education Director-General Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said.
“The number of pupils scoring all As increases to 9.51 per cent this year compared to 9.19 per cent last year.
“The number of those with good achievement (minimum C) increases to 63.03 per cent compared to 62.56 per cent last year while the percentage of those with all Es declined to 0.64 per cent compared to 0.66 per cent last year,” he told a news conference.
There were 506,620 pupils who sat for the UPSR this year compared to 507,320 last year.
He said that rural candidates also showed an improvement although they still lagged behind their urban counterparts.
“Overall, the gap between rural and urban pupils is narrowing. This can be seen in the contraction in the overall achievement disparity between rural and urban pupils,” he said.
He said that the gap between rural and urban pupils achieving excellent results this year was 3.64 per cent compared to 4.22 per cent last year.
The gap for good performance between the two areas is 5.55 per cent this year compared to 6.25 per cent last year.
In terms of subject, Tamil language showed a strong improvement in the number of students obtaining Grade A, which is 3.6 per cent, while Mathematics also showed a strong increase, which is 4.2 per cent.