PUTRAJAYA: Fewer students scored straight A’s in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
Of the 440,682 students who took the examination, 9,721 (2.38%) scored straight A’s (either A+, A or A-) – compared to 11,289 (2.63%) out of 455,839 students in 2014.
The National Average Grade (GPN) was at 5.15, compared with 5.08 in 2014 (the lower the GPN, the better the overall performance).
Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said although there was a drop, it was not a significant decline in overall performance.
Instead, he suggested the decrease could be due to students still grappling with the higher order thinking skills (HOTS) questions last year.
“Students need to get used to (answering with) open-ended responses,” he said when announcing the analysis of the 2015 SPM results at the Education Ministry here yesterday.
The percentage of students who obtained SPM certificates also took a slight dip to 84.9%, from 85.02% the previous year.
This is the third SPM examination where students were required to pass History in addition to Bahasa Melayu in order to qualify for a certificate. There was no difference in the percentage of passes in History, which remained at 86% since last year.
About 91% of students passed Bahasa Melayu in 2015 compared with 92% in 2014.
Dr Khair said there was an improvement in the results of three out of the seven core subjects – English, Mathematics and Moral Studies.
Moral Studies showed the most improvement with a Subject Average Grade (GPMP) of 4.40 in 2015, up from 4.70 in 2014.
The lower the GPMP, the better the performance.
Islamic Studies experienced the biggest dip with a GPMP of 4.72 compared to 4.28 in 2014.
The percentage who passed English also fell from 77.3% in 2014 to 76.3%.
Comparing rural and urban students, Dr Khair said rural candidates scored a GPN of 5.44 compared to 4.94 recorded by urban candidates.
It was 5.40 and 4.85 respectively in 2014.
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