LAST_UPDATESat, 21 Jul 2018 9pm

UPSR Math Questions Too Difficult, Even Parents Struggled To Find The Answer

The Mathematics paper for the UPSR exams has ended and complaints that students sitting for the paper said that the questions given were too difficult have started circulating online.

Even teachers and parents who attempted to answer the questions found that they struggled to answer the questions, although the questions were meant to be answered by 12 year old students.

Criticism by the public over the issue went viral yesterday on Facebook and Twitter and one Facebook user, Rushdan Noor, shared one of the KBAT questions to portray the difficulty faced by the students to answer the question.

He wrote, “To pass my time, I tried to answer one of the 2017 UPSR Mathematics question.
5 balls = 9kg = 9000 gm
1 ball = 9000/5 gm = 1800 gm
6 balls = 1800 x 6 = 10,800 gm = 10 kg 800 gm
This is really difficult and I even used a calculator. We should salute any Standard 6 student that can answer this.”

His post garnered responses from other Facebook users and one user, Yong Rafidah Haji Buyong replied, “As a seasoned teacher, I feel pity for these students…gone is the excitement of learning at their level…”

However, there are also users who supported the level of difficulty of the question by saying that it was prepared according to the latest learning system.

“Dr, they can answer it because they have been taught the technique to count numbers in hundreds of thousands. It’s more advanced now. Not like us back then. My niece/ nephew who is in Standard 4 taught me the technique. This is a Standard 4 question. It’s really fundamental,” Lynn RA said.

This issue also went viral on Twitter and a teacher, Syafaat Nasir shared how the current curriculum format, the KSSR (Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah) was applied this year to replace KBSR (Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Rendah) that was previously in use.

He said that with the current curriculum, HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) questions are incorporated to replace KBKK (Kemahiran Berfikir Secara Kritis dan Kreatif) that was previously used in the KBSR curriculum.