PSR Maths results still low: MoE

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONLY 62.29 per cent of pupils managed to get grades A to C in Mathematics in the Primary School Assessment (PSR) last year, a Ministry of Education (MoE) official said.

Ali Hazis Hj Mohd Tahir, acting director of the MoE’s Examinations Department, said there was an overall improvement in Maths results compared to the previous year, but the percentage was still low.

“It is still relatively low compared to other subjects, therefore we must keep on trying to improve,” he said.

The Ministry of Education had earlier this year set a target to achieve 74 per cent of pupils getting grades A to C in all subjects at this year’s PSR exams.

It was previously reported that 63.95 per cent of PSR students achieved grades A to C last year.

During the prize presentation ceremony for the National Maths and Science Olympiad yesterday, Ali Hazis also stressed the importance of improving in science, as there was a 3.93 per cent drop of PSR students attaining grades A to C last year.

“In 2014, only 75.53 per cent managed to attain grades A to C in Science compared to 79.46 per cent in the previous year,” he added.

Ali Hazis further said one of the contributing factors that categorises a country as an “educated nation is when its people had achieved many awards at the international level”.

He urged parents and members of the school community to continue motivating the students to further enhance their performance.

Ninety-five students were awarded yesterday for excelling in the National Science and Mathematics Olympiad 2015 organised by the Science, Technology and Environmental Partnership (STEP) Centre.

Over 3,000 secondary and primary school students participated in this year’s competition.

The top 10 winners in each category received prizes and certificates, with the first three winners getting gold, silver and bronze medals. Others received consolation prizes and certificates.

For the Maths Olympiad for secondary students, Amiratul Iffah Awang Mohammad Idres from Pengiran Anak Damit Female Secondary Religious Arabic School won the gold, Michael Koh Zheng Sheng from Jerudong International School received the silver and bronze went to Koo Wei Jing from Chung Hua Middle School in Belait.

In the Science category, the gold medal went to Jared Singh Sekhon from St John Secondary School, silver for Lee Wan Sze from Chung Hwa Middle School in the capital and Sarah Wong Jing Yuan from St George’s School went home with the bronze medal.

The gold and silver medals in the primary Maths Olympiad were awarded to Chung Hua Middle School students, Muhammad QayyumSyafiq Syukri and Chin Hui Ling respectively, while Nyshreen Umarzuki from St Margaret’s School bagged the bronze medal.

In the primary Science Olympiad, Kiefer Lim Yi Heng of Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB, won the gold, Kayla Ho Zhi Ying from St Andrew’s School the silver and Ak Muhammad Hazim Abdul Rahman Pg Hj Nor Akmal Iskandar Kaharuddin of St George’s School took home bronze.

The competition seeks to build the foundation for students to compete in international and regional competitions.

The prize and certificate presentation ceremony for the olympiad took place at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Primary School.

The Brunei Times