Arabic schools consistent in 99.6% PSR passes
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ARABIC schools in Brunei Darussalam have consistently achieved a 99.6 per cent and above passing rate in Primary School Assessment (PSR) examinations since 2010.
According to data released recently by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Arabic schools achieved a 99.6 per cent passing rate last year, with 678 out of 681 candidates achieving grades of A to C in the PSR exams.
The data also showed that Arabic school candidates achieved a 99.6 per cent PSR passing rate in 2012 and a 100 per cent passing rate for the years 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
The Arabic schools’ passing rate exceeded last year’s overall national PSR target of 74 per cent, set by the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Earlier this year, MoE announced an increase in the overall national target for the PSR exams to 79 per cent for 2016.
During the 12th the Legislative Council (LegCo) session, Education Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman acknowledged that the ministry had failed to achieve the previous national PSR target of 74 per cent for all schools last year.
However, he said that there was still a 3.5 per cent improvement when compared with PSR results in 2014.
Last month, Deputy Minister of Education Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar announced that MoE will be targeting 90 per cent of students to obtain grades A to C in the PSR exams for 2017.
The Brunei Times