Rural candidates in Selangor scored better than their urban peers in SPM 2020, says state education director

PETALING JAYA: Selangor’s performance in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examinations has dropped compared to the previous year.

This is despite the results at the national level showed an improvement.

Selangor Education Department director Anismah M. Noh said the average grade is 4.90 compared to 4.86 in 2019, adding that a lower figure means a better score.

“This is a drop of 0.04, ” she said when announcing the SPM results for the state on Friday (June 11).

The number of candidates who obtained straight As also dropped from 1, 735 to 1, 663, she said.

However, Anismah said the number of candidates who passed all subjects increased by 0.18% from 58.65% to 58.83%.

Those who qualified for the certificate also increased to 85.4% from 84.3% in 2019, she added.

Anismah said the gap between urban and rural candidates has dropped and that rural candidates performed better compared to their urban peers.

The average grade for rural candidates is 5.06 while urban candidates is 4.82 in 2020, she said, adding that it was 5.07 and 4.76 respectively in 2019.

Additionally, Anismah said the scores for 10 subjects showed an improvement, 28 saw a drop, while 19 remained unchanged in SPM 2020.

Among the core subjects, she said Science, History and Mathematics showed an improvement while Bahasa Melayu, English Language, Islamic Education and Moral Education declined.

The analysis, she added, was based on candidates who registered for at least six subjects and sat for at least one subject.

There were over 72, 000 candidates from Selangor last year compared to 73, 425 in 2019, she added.

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