Sabah's SPM success extra sweet due to Covid-19 challenges, says state Education Department

KOTA KINABALU: Students and teachers can be extra proud of the 2020 SPM results as the Covid-19 pandemic had brought about many challenges, says state Education Department director.

Datuk Mistirine Radin said apart from poor Internet coverage in many areas as well as the lack of electronic devices for students, teachers were faced with the challenge of getting their classes across nevertheless.

"For us teachers and education officials, our main challenges were to come up with ways to get the educational materials and modules out to our students without physical interaction," she said when contacted.

She said for those who without or have a weak Internet connection, teachers would provide printed modules for them to collect.

"Syllabuses and worksheets are planned based on the standard and abilities of students, because not everyone can receive the same amount of knowledge per day, using just one method," Mistirine explained.

Data collection on these issues were made on a weekly and monthly basis to identify what needed to be amended, improved and kept, she added.

Teachers' study sessions with their students were also recorded and monitored, she said.

"So, we want to thank all teachers, students and parents as well as the community as a whole for their cooperation in making online classes a success, as shown in the latest SPM results," Mistirine said.

Sabah's 2020 SPM grade quality is the best in four years at 5.34 GPN (state average grade), compared to 5.51 in 2017, 5.44 in 2018 and 5.38 in 2019, she said.

The number of candidates who achieved straight As had also improved from 198 to 241 students.

The passing rate percentage gap between rural and urban schools have reduced by over half compared to 2019 as well.

For those who passed with flying colours, Mistirine wished them all the best in their future learning journey and for those who didn't quite achieve their aim, she encouraged them to never give up and strive harder for improvement.

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