PUTRAJAYA: A total of 4,896 pupils scored straight A's under the new format of the 2016 Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination.
The results also meant that only 1.11 per cent of the 440,782 pupils who sat for the exams, held from Sept 1 - 8 this year, managed straight A's.
This is in contrast to the 2015 results, where 38,344 pupils secured all A's under the previous format.
A total of 452,721 candidates registered for the UPSR this year.
Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said under the new format, students were required to answer more questions using higher order thinking skills (HOTS).
As such, it would not be fair to compare this year's results with that from 2015, given the shift in format.
"Based on this year's results, we can see that students are capable of answering open-response questions.
"Since this is the first examination using the new format, we cannot compare the results with last year's results which employed the old format," he told reporters when announcing the 2016 UPSR results analysis today.
In this year's exams, 8, 345 pupils scored max 1B; 35,752 (minimum 2Bs); 91,366 (minimum 1C); 152,825 (minimum 1D); 137,262 (minimum 1E); 9,519 secured all Es, while 817 scored other combinations.
Khair said the 2016 UPSR Grade A would be categorised as 'excellent', grade B (good), grade C (satisfactory), grade D (achieved minimum level) and grade E (has not achieved minimum level).