Small improvement in Sabah's SPM results but urban-rural gap widens

KOTA KINABALU: There has been a slight improvement in the 2022 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) state average grade (GPN) for Sabah but the gap between urban and rural results has widened.

Sabah Education Department deputy director Mohd Zaini Yanin said the state recorded a 0.13% increase in the GPN from 5.35 to 5.22 points.

"For the rural and urban gap, it is 0.61 points compared with 0.53 points in 2021," he said when announcing the state results on Thursday (June 8).

"We will conduct a post-mortem on why the gap has widened and identify measures to overcome this challenge," he said, explaining that the wider the gap, the bigger the difference in result percentage.

Out of last year's 34,461 SPM candidates for Sabah, over 92% received their certificates, said Zaini.

This is an increase of 2.61% compared with the previous year's results, whereby only 89.76% out of the 39,250 candidates received their scrolls, he said.

He said a total of 12,026 candidates achieved an all-pass result while a total of 344 candidates achieved full As in their results.

In terms of achievement by subject, six core subjects showed improvement with History showing the biggest increase by 0.24 marks, Zaini said.

He said a total of 12 students who took between 10 and 12 subjects achieved at least eight A+ this round and were named the top SPM achievers for 2022.

They include Arief Syafiq Ajie Prasastie from SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu with 12As; and five students from Sekolah Menengah (SM) Islamiah Tawau – Danish Shahrin Mohd Hussin, Nur Damia Hasanuddin, Nur Faziratul Ain Kasim, Nurhazimah Hamzah and Farzana Nur Haziyah Daud with 11As respectively.

Special education class candidates who achieved excellent results were Hannah C. Kissol of SMK Stella Maris, Hafizi Ilham Shah Hassim of SMK Tungku Lahad Datu, Santriana Zeta Ronny Verus of SMK Badin Tuaran, Nurhashazwan Jakariah of SMK Stella Maris, Dayang Nur Arinah Awang Ahmad of SMK Perempuan Kota Kinabalu and Muhammad Nabil Izzat Mohammad Talip of SMK Tansau Penampang.

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