THE number of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia candidates who obtained Grade A or excellent in all subjects in Kedah has declined from 484 students in 2014 to 446 last year.
State Education Department director Datuk Azuyah Hassan said the drop was 0.09% or 38 candidates.
“Twenty-two students obtained Grade A+ and A in all subjects,” he said at SMK Sultanah Asma yesterday.
Azuyah said the overall achieve-ment also dropped slightly, with the National Average Grade (GPN) at 5.23 points compared with 5.19 in 2014.
“However, the GPN of 5.12 points for candidates from the city and 5.52 points for students from the rural areas has improved,” he said.
Azuyah added that 12 schools had obtained below three points of the School Average Grade (GPS).
Among them are SMK Sultanah Asma, SM Sultan Abdul Halim, SM Sains Kubang Pasu and SM Sains Sultan Mohamad Jiwa.
A total of 35,521 candidates sat for SPM last year at 279 examination centres in Kedah.
Chua Xin Rou (pic) of SMJK Keat Hwa was the top student with 12A+.
At SMK Changlung, disabled student Mohd Rafiq Zainol Abidin made his school proud by obtaining 6A+, 3A and 1A-.
“I want to thank my teachers and my parents for all their support.
“I always try my best,” said Rafiq, who was born with a spinal defect.
His father Zainol Abidin Mohamad, 57, is a retired teacher from SMK Changlun while his mother Mumtaj Hassan, 53, is a law lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia.