ALOR STAR: A total of 443,794 Year Six students nationwide begin their Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) today. The examination will run until Sept 14 and Sept 18.
In Kedah, 32,481 candidates are sitting for the examination at 570 centres in the state.
Of the total, 10 Year Six pupils are sitting for the exam at six hospitals due to various illnesses.
Kedah deputy Education director Sofaruddin Ismail said there are also 59 special needs candidates, including 13 hearing-impaired and one blind candidate, undergoing the UPSR.
“The number of candidates this year is 596 less than last year.
“We have 3,425 candidates from Chinese schools, 1,375 candidates from Tamil schools and 1,096 private school candidates,” he said in a statement.
According to Sorafuddin, there are four schools with only one candidate sitting for the UPSR, namely SJKC Cheng Yu in Kota Star district, SJKC Pei Hawa and SJKC Pei Eng in Kuala Muda/Yan and SJKT Ladang Kupang in Baling.
He said so far, the examination process is running smoothly despite early morning rain in several parts of the state.
In Perlis, 3,794 pupils are sitting for the examination at 78 centres in Perlis.
State Education director Izmi Ismail said 3,514 Year Six candidates are from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK), 277 candidates are from Chinese Vernacular Schools (SJKC), and three candidates are from Tamil Vernacular Schools (SJKT).
“Five candidates have to sit for their UPSR examination at Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF) due to illness or injury,” he said after visiting SK Stella Maris here this morning.
Izmi added that the state Education Department has made preparation under ‘Ops Payung’ to help candidates in the event of flooding.
“However, as for today, everything is running smoothly and we are fully prepared for any eventuality,” he said. -NST