Friday March 22, 2013
More SPM students score straight A’s
By PRIYA KULASAGARAN
PUTRAJAYA: More students scored straight A's in last year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) despite a dip in overall performance.
A total of 15,793 - or 3.44% - out of 459,118 students scored straight A's in the examination, a slight increase from 15,079 candidates in 2011.
However, the number of top scorers who received A+ for all their subjects dropped to 481 from 559 previously, while the National Average Grade (GPN) also decreased from 5.04 in 2011 to 5.08.
The GPN measures the overall performance of students in the examination, with a lower score indicating better achievement.
Education director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud said differences in GPN scores were only statistically significant if these were 0.05 points or more.
“I have already instructed the ministry's staff to look into the results of the examination to see how we can further improve,” he told reporters after announcing the results here yesterday.
Of the seven core subjects, only Mathematics and Moral Studies show an improvement in students' achievement.
The core subject that saw the largest decline in passes was History, in which 19.7% of candidates failed the subject compared to 16.7% in 2011.
Abd Ghafar said the average subject grade (GPMP) for Mathematics improved from 5.21 in 2011 to 4.91 last year while that for Moral Studies improved by 0.21 points. A lower score indicates a better result.
“Performances for Bahasa Melayu, Islamic Studies, History, Science and English declined,” he added.
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