SPM 2019 sees increase in straight A’s

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By ARIF KARTONO

THERE has been an increase of 0.13% to 8,876 straight-A scorers for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia 2019 (SPM 2019) compared to the previous year’s 8,436.

Education Ministry (MoE) DG Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim (picture) said the national average grade (GPN) score in 2019 is 4.86 versus 4.89 recorded in 2018, noting a difference of 0.03.

“Lower GPN indicates a better achievement,” she said at the results analysis announcement in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In 2015, the GPN stood at 5.08 which has improved consecutively with 5.05 in 2016 and 4.90 in 2017.

She added that the percentage of candidates eligible to be awarded with SPM certificates has increased to 86.72% (337,773 candidates) last year, which marks a 0.33% increase from 2018’s 86.39% (338,350 candidates).

“The number of candidates who obtained at least five credits including Bahasa Melayu and pass for History are 246,645 candidates, whereas the total number of candidates receiving at least three credits including Bahasa Melayu and a pass in History stands at 285,083. Last year, as many as 307,445 candidates have mastered two languages by passing the Bahasa Melayu and English subjects,” she added.

Meanwhile, the achievements of SPM candidates in both urban and remote areas have increased for 2019, where urban candidates achieved better results increasing the gap between the average scores of candidates from the two different areas.

“The average grade scores for urban candidates stand at 4.7, while candidates in the remote area are at 5.14, versus the previously recorded scores of 4.75 and 5.18 respectively in 2018,” she said.

Last year, a total of 389,498 candidates sat for the exam, which is slightly lower than the previous year’s 391,641.

However, registrations for SPM 2019 stood at 416,416 against 421,706 the previous year. Habibah said the reason for the gap between registrations and the number of candidates sitting for the examination is still unknown.

There were 1,402 candidates with special needs sitting for the examinations last year, with 61.34% eligible for certification.

“Sixteen candidates managed to obtain all A’s in every subject they sat for, showing that all SPM candidates had the opportunity to be successful,” she said.