KUCHING: Sarawak had an improved national average grade (GPN) of 0.13 for its 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results, from 5.47 for 2015 to 5.34.
Out of 36,263 candidates, 577 achieved straight A’s (Grade A+, A, A-) and another 13 obtained A+ in all subjects.
“The overall performance of candidates from Sarawak in the 2016 SPM is encouraging. Of the 13 who scored A+ in all subjects, one obtained 11 A+, six achieved 10 A+ and another six achieved 9 A+,” state Education director Rakayah Madon said when announcing the results here.
The state’s top SPM scorer was Erica Ling Kai Shi of SMK St Elizabeth Sibu with 11 A+.
A special mention was also given to special needs candidate, Suzzane Jelian of SMK Batu Lintang.
The visually impaired student achieved commendable results of Grade B+ in Bahasa Melayu and Moral, C+ in Science, D in English and History and E in Mathematics.
Based on the school average grade (GPS), the top 14 schools with excellence performance were SM Sains Kuching (1.72), SM Sains Miri (1.99), Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah (2.06), Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang (2.10), SM Sains Kuching Utara (2.29), Lodge School (2.31), MRSM Mukah (2.70), MRSM Betong (2.70), SMK St Elizabeth, Sibu (2.73), MRSM Kuching (3.08), SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu (3.25), SMK Methodist, Sibu (3.32), St Joseph Private School, Kuching (3.34) and SMK Agama Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Kuching (3.48).
Rakayah said SMK Methodist, Sibu, has the highest number of straight A students with 45, followed by SMK Green Road and SMK Batu Lintang in Kuching at 33 each.
Overall, Sarawak achieved an 83% passing rate. A total of 26,769 candidates who sat for the 2016 SPM examination qualified to receive their certificate.
Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, the minister-in-charge over education matters in the state, advised all parties to double their efforts to ensure more candidates pass their SPM.
“We have to remember that the employment world is getting more competitive each day.
“Most jobs require people who are bilingual with English as one of the language that needed to be emphasised on.
“Parents, teachers, school principals and headmasters, especially the students, must give serious attention to the English subject,” she said in her text speech that was read out by Assistant Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail.
Fatimah had raised concern on the 21.4% of candidates in Sarawak who could not even achieve the minimum Grade E in the English subject.
Source: The Star