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gilbertgoh
04-12-2002, 09:22 PM
All Malaysians should be interested in the recent finding by the Education
Ministry that pupils at national schools perform better academically
compared to their peers at national-type Chinese schools in the 2002 Primary
School Assessment Test (UPSR) results.

Media reports quoted a Education Ministry source that the results dispelled
the widely-held notion that Chinese schools were better than national
schools in terms of academic results.

The source said that this misconception has caused many Chinese, and even
Malays, to opt for Chinese primary schools. As a result, national schools
are becoming "increasingly Malay" which does not bode well for racial
integration.

According to the analysis conducted by the Federal Territory Education
Department, more national school pupils scored the maximum number of As in
the UPSR this year compared to Chinese school pupils in the Federal
Territory. At national schools, 9.7 per cent of pupils scored the maximum
number of As, while at Chinese schools, only 6.7 per cent obtained maximum
As. At Tamil schools, 1.6 per cent of pupils scored maximum As.

Furthermore, while the top national schools in the Federal Territory have
more than 30 per cent of their pupils scoring all As, the top Chinese school
had only 16.4 per cent of its pupils obtaining As in all their subjects.

These analysis seem to conflict with the following 2002 UPSR results
released by the Education Ministry last month:


Subject A B C ABC D E DE
National Schools
Mathematics 24.2 26.7 31.1 82.0 11.0 7.0 18.0
Science 16.9 33.9 29.9 80.7 8.9 10.4 19.3

Chinese Schools
Mathematics 52.7 23.2 16.7 92.6 4.6 2.8 7.4
Science 23.9 40.7 21.3 85.9 6.3 7.8 14.1

Tamil Schools
Mathematics 15.9 29.7 35.5 81.1 12.5 6.4 18.9
Science 8.0 28.7 37.9 74.6 11.4 13.9 25.3


From these statistics covering only mathematics and science, Chinese primary
school pupils excelled both national and Tamil primary school pupils, with
Chinese school pupils attaining 52.7% with As in mathematics and 23.9% with
As in science, as compared to 24.2% As in mathematics and 16.9% As in
Science for national primary schools and 15.9% As in mathematics and 8% in
science for Tamil primary schools.

For overall pass rates (ABC), Chinese primary school pupils scored 92.6% for
mathematics and 85.9% for science while national primary schools had 82.0%
for mathematics and 80.7% for science and Tamil primary schools 81.1% for
mathematics and 74.6% for science.

In these circumstances, the finding by the Education Ministry that the
national primary school pupils in Federal Territory perform better
academically compared to their peers in the Chinese primary schools is most
surprising and not in keeping with the UPSR results released by the
Education Ministry last month which again demonstrated the traditional high
standards in mathematics and science in Chinese primary schools as compared
to both national and Tamil primary schools.

As the latest Education Ministry finding seems to conflict with the 2002
UPSR results released last month, the DAP Education Committee will ask for a
briefing from the Education Ministry on its analysis that pupils at
national schools perform better academically compared to their peers at
national-type Chinese primary schools in the 2002 UPSR.

DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Kepong, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw, will
contact the Education Ministry after the Hari Raya holidays for a full
briefing about the UPSR results and the comparative performance of the
pupils in national, Chinese and Tamil primary schools in the Federal
Territory as well as in all the other states.


- LIM KIT SIANG -