JOHOR BARU: The performance gap between Form Six students in the urban and rural areas are getting wider based of last years Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia results.
State education department director Aminudin Adam said that the 2014 STPM examinations showed that candidates from the rural areas have performed better compared to their peers in the urban areas.
He said the widening of the gap was due to a drop of 0.12% in the urban students’ performance and an improvement of 2.20% for the rural candidates.
He added that urban students recorded a drop in passing at least three subjects at 85.39% compared to 2013’s 88.51%.
“The drop in performance for urban students could because of the subjects chosen as more urban students were in the Science stream while rural students preferred the Arts stream,” he said when announcing the results here on March 2.
Aminudin also announced that the number of straight As students in Johor who sat for the STPM exams have dropped to 43 candidates compared to the previous 77 candidates.
He said that 25 candidates from the total were from the Arts stream while the remaining were from the Science stream.
He said that 55 schools in the state recorded full passes out of the total of 90 schools with candidates sitting for the exams.
The schools with the best STPM results in Johor were SMK Sultan Ibrahim, Kulaijaya (4 excellent students), SMK Dato’ Sri Amar DiRaja, Muar (4), Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Baru (4), SMK Tinggi Batu Bahat (3) and SMK Tinggi Kluang (3).