Fewer straight A's but SPM candidates do better overall in 2018


PUTRAJAYA: Candidates who sat for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) last year did better overall, compared with 2017, even though fewer of them scored straight A's, says the Education Ministry.

Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said 8,436, or 2.2% of the 421,706 candidates obtained A+, A or A- in all of their subjects.

“Overall, students did better when viewed using the National Grade Average (GPN).

“The latest GPN is 4.89, which is better than 2017’s GPN which was 4.9,” he told a press conference here today on Thursday (March 14).

“A smaller GPN means that candidates performed better in the examinations,” Dr Amin explained.

GPN scores range from 0 to 9.