English performance takes a dip in Malaysia

English performance takes a dip in Malaysia
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PUTRAJAYA: Pupils' performance in English in this year's Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah has taken a dip, says education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

"Only 77.6% of the 337,384 government school pupils who sat for the paper scored a minimum grade of C compared to 79.3% last year," he said when announcing the analysis of the UPSR results at the ministry yesterday.

The percentage of those scoring A in government schools saw a reduction from 20% in 2014 to 17.7% this year.

There was also a dip for pupils from vernacular schools, where 69.7% of 105,875 pupils obtained at least a C compared to 71.7% last year.

Dr Khair said the Average Subject Grade (GPMP) for English in government schools had decreased by 0.09 points, from 2.63 in 2014 to 2.72 this year.

GPMP gauges candidates' performance in specific subjects and like the Average National Grade (GPN), it also operates on a decreasing scale where a lower index value indicates better achievement.

Dr Khair said 86% of vernacular school pupils scored a minimum grade of C in Chinese Comprehension in 2015 compared to 87.8% last year.

A total of 83.5% pupils scored a minimum grade of C in Chinese Writing this year compared to 85% last year, he added.

When pressed to elaborate on the decrease in the two subjects, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who was at SK Bukit Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, said he would ask the Examinations Syndicate for a full report on the matter.

Examinations Syndicate director Datin Nawal Salleh who accompanied the minister on his visit, said this was normal.

"This happens all the time ... The (results) subjects go up and down," she said.

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