Saturday, September 5, 2009

Guidelines for next week’s UPSR issued

PETALING JAYA: The UPSR examinations will be held nationwide from Sept 8 to 10.

A total of 517,908 Year Six pupils have registered for the examination, according to a statement from the Education Ministry’s corporate communications unit.

Of that number, more than 98% are pupils in government schools while the rest are private candidates.

Selangor has the highest number of pupils sitting for the examination at 91,428 while the Federal Territory of Putrajaya has the least with 1,034.

“Candidates are reminded to bring their UPSR candidate form (Borang Perakuan Calon Peperiksaan UPSR Tahun 2009) with them every day,” the statement said.

For the first time, all Year Six pupils would have to sit for an Aptitude Test on the last day of their UPSR.

Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom had told The Star earlier that the 90-minute IQ test would have 60 multiple-choice (objective) questions in three areas — thinking skills, problem-solving and decision-making, and interests.

He said the Aptitude Test grade would be listed in the UPSR slip but would not count towards the final result.

The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) said it had issued a circular on guidelines for avoiding illnesses during the examination.

“Pupils and their families must follow the updates, particularly those from the Education and Health Ministries on influenza A(H1N1),” the statement said.

It also advised pupils and their families to inform the school, district education office, state education department or MES if they have any infectious illnesses.

A 24-hour UPSR operations room would be active from Sept 1 to 11 at the MES. It can be reached at (tel.) 03-8889-3601/3809/3582/3520/3551/3030/3095 and (fax) 03-8889- 3010/5561/3445.

*Taken from The Star Online

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