Sabah’s PMR result best in two years

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded 3.01 State Average Grade (GPN) in this year’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) or Lower Secondary Evaluation Examination, with a 0.02 per cent increase compared to last year’s 3.03.

A lower GPN (Gred Purata Negeri) indicates better grades.

Announcing the PMR results at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tun Ahmad Shah, Inanam here yesterday, Sabah Education Director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Bin Yusin however said that Sabah’s passing rate dropped to 62.04 per cent from 63.06 per cent in the 2011 PMR.

Out of 37,607 candidates, 922 or 2.45 per cent obtained straight A’s compared to last year’s 1,025 or 2.72 per cent.

This year’s overall result was also Sabah’s best in two years, he said.

“Although the number of passing rate has dropped, quality has increased because of the lower GPN recorded this year. We also recorded a lower straight E’s results, with only 16 candidates or 0.04 per cent compared to last year’s 26 candidates or 0.06 per cent, he added.

Overall, eight subjects showed improvements, namely Bahasa Melayu (+0.7 per cent), History (+0.6 per cent), Geography (+4.6 per cent), Islamic Studies (0.0 per cent), Mathematics (+0.7 per cent), Science (0.7 per cent), KHB Technical Skills (+0.1 per cent) and KHB Home Economics (+0.9 per cent), he said.

Six subjects showed a drop in passing rate – English (-1.9 per cent), KHB Agriculture (-1.0 per cent), KHB Commercial and Entrepreneurial (-0.9 per cent), Arabic (-14.6 per cent), Chinese (-4.6 per cent) and Kadazan Dusun (-0.1 per cent), Muhiddin said.

He also said two schools in the State recorded excellent results with 100 per cent passing rate, namely SM Sains Lahad Datu and SM Sains Sabah. Both schools scored 1.08 and 1.14 School Average Rate or Gred Purata Sekolah (GPS) respectively.

Other 11 schools recorded GPS at 2.20 points and below. They were SMK Tun Ahmad Shah Inanam (95.41 per cent with 1.62 GPS), SM Islamiah Tawau (92.86 per cent with 1.73 GPS), SM St Micheal Penampang (98.93 per cent with 1.76 GPS), SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu (77.53 per cent with 1.78 GPS), SMK Agama Tun Mustapha (78.46 per cent with 2.03 GPS), SM St Francis Convent (93.82 per cent with 2.08 GPS), SMK Agama Mohd Ali Ranau (65.88 per cent with 2.08 GPS), SM Sung Siew Sandakan (88.89 per cent with 2.1 GPS), SMK Agama Sandakan (74.07 per cent with 2.13 GPS), SMK Agama Limauan (82.22 per cent with 2.14 GPS) and SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu (90.85 per cent with 2.20 GPS).

One of straight 9As students from SMK Tun Ahmad Shah Inanam, Muhammad Faishal Norjeli said choosing the right friends for study group was his formula of success.

by Mariah Doksit.

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