KUALA LUMPUR : A total of 46,780 students or 92.49 per cent of the candidates obtained a full pass in at least one subject in last year’s Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination.
This is a drop of 0.06 per cent compared to the 48,481 students or 92.55 per cent of the candidates in the 2009 examination, Malaysian Examinations Council Chairman Prof Tan Sri Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said Monday.
He said eight candidates obtained Grade A in the five subjects they sat for compared to 15 candidates in the 2009 examination.
“Seven of these candidates were Science Stream students and one was an Arts Stream student,” he said when announcing the results of the 2010 STPM examination, here.
A total of 50,576 candidates sat for the STPM examination from Nov 23 to Dec 16 last year at 760 examination centres throughout the country.
Dr Dzulkifli said the number of candidates scoring excellent results dropped compared to the previous year due to the difference in the cohort of candidates sitting for the examination from year to year.
“This depends on the cohort of students from year to year. We suppose that the cohort of students this year is not at par with students in the previous year. However, generally, they appear to be at par,” he said.
Besides the drop in the number of candidates scoring 5As, the number of candidates scoring 4As out of five subjects taken also dropped from 60 in the previous year to 39, while the number of candidates obtaining 4As in the four subjects that they sat for rose from 259 in the previous year to 297.
He said the performance of urban candidates was also much better compared to their rural counterparts where there were 946 urban candidates obtaining 5As, 4As and 3As compared with 105 candidates in the rural areas.
For urban candidates in the arts stream, there were 548 candidates obtaining 5As, 4As and 3As compared with 98 candidates in the rural areas, while there were 362 science stream candidates in the urban areas obtaining the same results compared with only seven candidates in the rural areas.
“We need to raise the quality of teachers and teaching in the rural areas as the situation or performance in the rural areas calls for more motivation for students to achieve better results,” he said.
Based on the performance of the schools, Dr Dzulkifli said the performance in 2010 was about the same as in 2009, that is, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) was 2.32 in 2010 compared with 2.33 in 2009, he said.
He said that in 2010, there were 47 schools achieving a minimum CPGA of 2.80 or higher, compared with 25 schools in 2008 and 55 schools in 2009.
Of the total number of candidates who had registered for the 2010 STPM, 47,369 candidates were from government schools, 1,467 from private schools, 4,591 were private candidates, 235 candidates were from state government schools and 10 candidates from integrity schools.
All the candidates could obtain their results at their respective schools beginning at noon today except for private candidates who would receive their results by post besides surfing the Malaysian Examination Council’s (MEC) website, www.mpm.edu.my as well as the short messaging service (SMS) at the number 36363 or 15888.
Asked on the drop in the number of students sitting for the examination from year to year, he said this could be because the candidates or students preferred to take up studies at the diploma level compared to the STPM because it was easier to get jobs after completing their studies.
“The diploma is also perceived to be more professional compared to the STPM which is seen to be more academic. This may be among the factors that encourage students to take diploma courses instead of the STPM,” he said.
In JOHOR BAHARU, Johor Education Director Markom Giran said the precentage of candidates achieving a full pass rose 1.29 per cent to 96.79 per cent from 95.5 per cent in 2009 with 5,003 out of the total of 5,255 candidates obtaining a full pass or at least one principal for the subjects taken.
Of that number, 44 candidates achieved excellent results with a CGPA of 4.00 with eight of them sitting for five subjects, while the other 36 sat for four subjects.
Meanwhile, 28 schools recorded 100 per cent full passes compared with 23 schools in 2009 with the state’s CGPA at 2.45 points this year, he said.
In MELAKA, State Education Director Juliah Leman said there were 1,238 candidates achieving full passes compared with 1,252 candidates in 2009, and 17 candidates scored 4.00 for their CGPA.
Ten secondary schools recorded 100 per cent full passes including Sekolah Menengah Agama Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (Jaim) Al-Asyraf, SMK Iskandar Shah, SMK Dang Anum, SMK Munshi Abdullah and SMK Teknik Melaka.
In KEDAH, State Education Director Abdullah Saad said in a statement that 95.3 per cent of the candidates achieved full passes this year compared with 94.87 per cent last year and exceeded the national average of 94.63 per cent.
He said 27 out of the total number of 3,609 candidates who sat for the examination obtained As in all the subjects they sat for with a CGPA of 4.00.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, the State Education Director, Razali Daud said the number of candidates obtaining five principals in the STPM last year rose to 8.70 per cent compared with 8.44 per cent in 2009, an increase of 0.26 per cent and 12 students emerged as the best students scoring 4.0 for their CGPA.
He said the percentage of candidates obtaining four principals rose to 44.06 per cent last year compared with 42.16 per cent in 2009 while those scoring full passes rose by 1.10 per cent to 97.09 per cent compared with 95.99 per cent in the previous year.
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Top student of SM All Saint Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu: Top student of SMK All Saint in Kota Kinabalu, Teh Yee Heng (left) shares his joy with female students from another school, SMK Likas after learning that he has scored As in all the four subjects he has sat for in the STPM examinations. – Bernama photo
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