PUTRAJAYA: The 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results have recorded a National Grade Point Average (NGPA) of 5.10, according to Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.
He said the results were better than 2015, which was 5.15.
Dr Khair, however, said 8,647 candidates (2.13%) obtained straight As, a slight drop from 2.38% (9,721) in 2015.
"A smaller NGPA means that candidates did better (in the examinations)," he said when announcing the SPM 2016 analysis at the Education Ministry on Thursday.
He said that the number of candidates who registered for the 2016 SPM examinations had decreased from 440,682 in 2015 to 434,535 candidates.
These candidates were also the first batch to undergo the school-based assessment (PBS) system in 2012.
Under the system, students will be assessed from time to time for all subjects, and will be given grades from Band 1 (the ability to recall information) to Band 6 (the ability to have higher order thinking skills and knowledge).