‘Drop in PSR results due to rise in D, E grade achievers’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE decline of about six per cent in PSR results among Arabic preparatory schools was questioned by a council member who sought to pinpoint the root cause of the slip in grades.

Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hjh Zasia Sirin on Monday asked the minister of religious affairs what caused Arabic primary schools’ PSR results to fall from 97.1 per cent in 2014 to 91 per cent in 2015.

“Is it because the number of enrollees in these schools was higher in the previous year (2014) or was the teacher to student ratio not equivalent? Are all the intake of students enrolling to these schools goes through the mandatory admission examination (prior to their enrolment)?” she asked.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman yesterday said that none of the reasons put forward by Yang Berhormat Datin Hjh Zasia caused the decline in grades.

He said that the dwindling of six per cent in the PSR results in Arabic Preparatory schools are due to the increase of students having grades D and E in their results in 2015.

“Alhamdulillah, the reasons listed (by YB Datin Hjh Zasia) are not related at all as MoRA through the Department of Islamic Studies (JPI) has studied the matter and found that it resulted from the increase of percentages in grade D (7.93%) and grade E (0.44%) for mathematics subject,” said the minister.

The inability for students to score well in the subject of Mathematics is the main factor contributing to the overall decline of grades A to C, he said.

However, he mentioned that the overall percentage for students achieving 5As in 2015 was 18.8 per cent which is equivalent to 128 students. This was an improvement of 1.41 per cent from the previous year that only saw 96 students with the same results, he added. He went on to say that initiatives to improve the quality of the education such as sharing of teaching skills and workshops for teachers teaching PSR subjects, added with extra classes for students are all efforts to further improve and achieve better PSR results at Arabic schools.

The Brunei Times