12 catalyst schools improve PSR results

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TWELVE of 15 schools improved their Primary School Assessment (PSR) results after taking part in the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) catalyst schools programme this year.

The 15 schools chosen by the ministry are those that have been dogged by poor PSR results, with a total pass rate of less than 75 per cent over the past two years.

MoE said in a statement that the 12 schools have managed to show improvements, as the number of students achieving grades A to D for their PSR had an improvement rate from 0.85 to 25.75 per cent.

Seven schools involved in the programme achieved a total pass rate of over 75 per cent, with Orang Kaya Besar Imas (OKBI) Subok Primary School recording the highest total pass rate of 93.10 per cent.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong yesterday visited the primary school, which had recorded an improvement of 25.75 per cent in PSR results compared to the previous year.

The minister said two of the 29 candidates from the school who sat for the PSR managed to achieve straight A’s in all five subjects and congratulated the teachers and staff of the primary school for their success.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar added that the primary school recorded the highest increase in Mathematics among the 15 catalyst schools.

Mathematics results for 12 catalyst schools showed improvements in the number of students attaining Grade A to D, while 10 schools had more students attaining Grade A to C in Mathematics compared to the previous year.

The percentage of students from OKBI Subok Primary School getting Grade A to D in Mathematics went up by 27.16 per cent to 96.55 per cent.

A total of 4,643 candidates from government schools sat for the PSR this year, of which 984 were from the 15 catalyst schools.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar said the number of candidates achieving grades A to D have improved this year compared to last year.

“698 of the 984 candidates (73.63 per cent) achieved grades A-D compared to only 65.75 per cent in 2013,” the statement added.

The minister attributed the success achieved by the catalyst schools to the dedication and responsibility undertaken by the teachers involved to see out the success of their students.

However, YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar insisted that principals and members of the school community keep up their efforts to maintain the performance as well as raise students’ achievements next year.

He shared that the objective for this year’s PSR was to have at least 10 catalyst schools achieve a pass rate of 85 per cent and above.

The minister added that some of the efforts carried out to achieve the objective include increasing the hours of study for core subjects such as Mathematics and Science, posting Year Seven and Eight teachers in catalyst schools and continuous supervision of the students’ attendance.

He also mentioned that 85 students suffering attendance problems have been temporarily placed at the Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah College (MD) hostel, which has been referred to as the Maktab Duli Primary School.

The Brunei Times