KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28: A total of 73 pupils scored 5As or more in the 2016 Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) under the Empower East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Academic Training programme organised by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC).
ECERDC chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John in a statement today said the programme also saw a 62 per cent passing rate from the 3,297 participants.
“Although the new UPSR format this year resulted in a drastic fall in the number of candidates obtaining straight As, the percentage of students with 5As or more among pupils undergoing the programme was one per cent higher than the rate achieved throughout the country.
“This is a significant achievement as the programme involved low-performing students who came from less fortunate backgrounds and could not afford tuition classes,” he said.
The programme, implemented at 27 locations in the ECER with the cooperation of several universities including Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), is a twin-pronged plan under its human capital development strategy which focuses on two areas, academic training and skills and entrepreneurship training.