| Azlan Othman |
THE Ministry of Education’s (MoE) effort in introducing catalyst schools to enhance the achievement of Primary School Examination (PSR) 2014 bears fruition whereby 12 out of 15 schools under such programme have succeeded in recording an increase of between 0.85 and 25.75 per cent in the students’ achievement in obtaining grades A-D.
From the 15 schools, Orang Kaya Besar Imas (OKBI) Primary School Subok has shown a significant increase of 93.10 per cent.
This was stated by the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong when he visited the school yesterday. Also present was the Deputy Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail.
The minister was greeted upon arrival by the principal of the school, Harifah Khalijah binti Mohammad and was briefed on the school profile and enhancement strategies laid down by the school to improve the PSR results.
The minister in his speech congratulated the principal, assistant principal, senior teachers and all teachers for the achievement. He said, out of 4,643 candidates, 948 candidates were from 15 catalyst schools which was chosen based on their PSR achievement (of below 75 per cent) in the past two years.
Out of that figure, 85 candidates with attendance problem have been accommodated fulltime at Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah Hostel in Gadong and studying at the temporary ‘Maktab Duli Primary School’.
The minister also shared the goals and initiatives of PSR 2014 whereby at least 10 schools must achieve a passing rate of 85 per cent and above.
Among the efforts taken to achieve this includes doubling the learning hours for core subjects like Mathematics and Science, putting Year 7 and 8 teachers at catalyst schools, continous monitoring of school attendance, putting 85 students temporarily at Maktab Duli Primary School and continuous monitoring by the Ministry of Education on catalyst schools.
Speaking on the PSR 2014 results for 15 catalyst schools and merging the candidates temporarily at Maktab Duli Primary School, the minister said 698 out of 948 students (73.63 per cent) have achieved grades A-D compared to 65.75 per cent last year with a total of 714 candidates out of 1,086 candidates.
Twelve out of 15 catalyst schools have showed an increase in percentage pass for grade A-D whereby seven schools have attained percentage pass exceeding 75 per cent. The minister also said OKBI Primary School Subok has recorded the highest percentage pass, totaling 93.10 per cent, up by 25.75 per cent compared to last year. Meanwhile nine schools have showed an increase in grade A-C percentage pass.
Meanwhile, 452 candidates (47.68 per cent) have scored grade A-C, compared to 392 candidates from 1,086 (36.10 per cent) last year.
Hence, 12 catalyst schools have showed an increase in grade A-D percentage pass in Maths compared to last year. OKBI Primary School Subok has recorded the highest increase of 27.16 per cent. It was 96.55 per cent this year compared to 69.39 per cent last year.
Among the 10 catalyst schools that have recorded an increase in grade A-C percentage pass in Maths, OKBI Primary School Subok have showed the highest increase of 86.21 per cent, compared to 51.02 per cent last year.
The minister also congratulated the school whereby two out of 29 students of the school scored 5As.
The Year 6 teachers, support teachers, catalyst teachers were lauded for their dedication, responsibility, energy and service and he also urged the principal and school workforce to maintain the performance in enhancing the achievements of Year 6 students next year.
Also present during the visit were the Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE, Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman; Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the MoE, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE, Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh and senior officials at the ministry. Also present was the penghulu of Mukim Kota Batu, Awg Naim bin Haji Kamis.