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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SPM results: 9,239 straight As

JUBILATION: SMK Assunta students celebrate after getting their SPM results this morning — Pic: Shahir Omar
PUTRAJAYA: A total of 9,239 candidates obtained distinction (A+, A, A-) in all subjects in the 2010 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, compared to 7,987 candidates in 2009.
Education ministry director-general Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud, who announced the results here this morning, said it was the best SPM result in four years, just like last year’s UPSR and PMR examinations.
He said students’ performance in the examination was encouraging and showed improvement in terms of quality and quantity.
“The move to limit each SPM candidate to a maximum of 10 subjects, which was implemented last year, gave students the opportunity to focus on their studies and work on their chosen subjects in a more intensive and comprehensive way.”
A total of 363 candidates from government schools scored straight A+ or Super Distinction in the examination, compared to 214 candidates in 2009.
Overall, the Average National Grade (GPN) rose to 5.19 from 5.34 in 2009.
Abdul Ghafar said the gap between urban and rural students inched closer this time around with the GPN reduced by 0.18 from 2009.
“Candidates from rural areas fared better than candidates in urban areas in Bahasa Melayu and Science.
"However, efforts need to be stepped up to close the gap between candidates in rural and urban areas especially in English, History, Mathematics, Islamic Education and Moral Studies.”
A total of 368,559 candidates or 91.2 per cent obtained their SPM certificates this year compared to 364,046 in 2009.
This year, candidates were also able obtain their results through SMS, which would be provided until midnight on March 30. - theMalayMail

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