SMJK Jit Sin came out tops among Penang schools in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), garnering the highest grade point average.
Second was SMJK (P) Cina Pulau Pinang while SMK Bukit Jambul was third.
“However, SMK Convent Green Lane emerged with the highest number of top achievers with five scoring 10As.
“The other schools have only one or two students with such a result,” said state Education director Shaari Osman after announcing the SPM results at SMK Convent Green Lane yesterday.
There is a slight drop in the overall number of students eligible for the SPM certificates last year compared with 2014’s.
Shaari said 25 schools had a 100% of their students eligible for the certificates.
Of the 19,849 candidates sitting for the exam last year, 16,024 students or 80.73% qualified for the certificates compared with 82.10% in the previous year.
Shaari said the decrease of 1.37% in the overall performance in Penang was in tandem with the overall drop in SPM results nationwide.
Top student Por Chia Yin, who scored 10As, said: “I plan out everything down to the last detail from the time I take my meals to the time for revision.”
She is doing her A-Levels in a private institution and plans to go overseas to pursue a medical degree.
While many students would spend their time studying at home, Penang Free School’s top scorer Setthasorn Ooi often revised his studies in the car.
He said: “I study whenever I can. So when my parents drove me to or from the tuition centres, I would be studying in the car.”
Setthasorn, who is now pursuing his Cambridge A-Levels at Taylor’s College in Subang Jaya, was the sole 10A+ scorer in the school.
School principal Jalil Saad said there were more than 40 students scoring 8As and above.
“Our school’s GPS (School Average Grade) has improved from 3.57 points in 2014 to 3.44 last year.
“The subject with the most A+ was Mathematics with 39 students,” he said. A lower numeral in the GPS indicates better performance.
Over at St Xavier’s Institution, acting principal Dr Sim Hock Keat said the school continued to excel in English with 26 students obtaining A+ in the subject.
“We have four students who obtained 10As,” he said.
On the mainland, 37 students scored straight As at Bukit Mertajam High School.
Among them, Natasya Roslin said: “The result is unexpected as I have not set a high target.
“Perhaps paying close attention during classes did help.”
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