The PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) 2008 gives a positive indication after seeing a wider use of English by the form 3 students who answered the Science paper.
This year, the number of students who used English in Science has more than doubled the figure achieved last year.
Last year, 21.5% candidates answered in English, compared to this year’s 51.2%, which is a majority percentage. 18% used a combination of English and Malay, while the remaining 18% answered in Malay language.
The students are the fourth batch who started using English in their Science subject since form I.
According to the Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, the 2009 PMR next year will remain bilingual, where candidates can opt to choose which language they’re comfortable to answer the exam questions.
This year, 5.96% or 26,378 candidates scored straight As in the PMR examination from a total 472,060 candidates, a slight improvement from last year, which stood at 5.69%.