High achievers: (From left) Ngau Hui Hui, Wong Si Hui, Ng Ee Meng, Hoo Jan Wai, Tan Yan Ching, Wong Li Yee and Zuriana Emielia Zulkafli of Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abu Bakar celebrating after scoring all As in the STPM examination. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: The percentage of students who scored a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) was slightly higher under the new modular format introduced in last year’s Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination.
Of the 55,214 students who completed the exam last year, 492 (0.89%) candidates scored a CGPA of 4.0, compared to 442 (0.86%) in 2012.
While the students are allowed to take up to five subjects for STPM, the CGPA points are calculated based on the best scores received for four subjects including General Studies.
Even then, Malaysian Examinations Council chairman Prof Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin said the results in 2012 and 2013 were not comparable as the formats differed.
STPM has undergone a change in format from the terminal system which was based on one final exam to the modular system which assessed students continuously over the three terms in Sixth Form.
Students, who entered Lower Sixth in 2012, sat for the first-term exam in November 2012, followed by the second-term exam in May 2013, and the final in November the same year.
They were then allowed to resit their papers in every consecutive term exam. The last batch of students just finished resitting their papers for their third-term exam on Tuesday.
On the other hand, students had to complete field work or Science projects which carried a weightage of 20% to 40%.
“Students were allowed to sit for the same paper up to six times in order to improve their scores,” said Prof Dr Mohd Noh when announcing the STPM results here yesterday.
He added that 50% of the candidates repeated their papers.
“Students who have just resat their papers for their third-term exam will be able to receive their results by the end of April. They can then update their results in their university application thereafter,” said Prof Dr Mohd Noh, who is also Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia vice-chancellor.
Earlier, Prof Dr Mohd Noh said the total number of candidates who passed all their papers in five or four subjects improved from 24,506 candidates (47.4%) in 2012 to 34,661 (62.8%) last year.
“There was also an improvement in the number of government school candidates who passed all their papers for five or four subjects, that is 34,318 (63.2%) in 2013 compared to 23,698 (49.7%) in 2012,” he said.
“There is still a significant gap between the performance of urban and rural candidates.
“The total number of urban candidates who scored 5As, 4As and 3As is 1,189 (12.0%) compared to only 156 (1.58%) rural candidates,” he added.
Prof Dr Mohd Noh explained that it was difficult to fully credit the modular format with the better results as the quality of the Sixth Form modules had also been improved through the Education Ministry’s efforts.