Sabah’s overall performance improves

PENAMPANG: Sabah recorded an improvement in quality in the 2019 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination with a state average grade (GPN) of 5.38.

Sabah education department director, Dr Mistirine Radin said it dropped by 0.06 from the previous year’s GPN of 5.44, with a lower figure indicating better performance.

The passing percentage of students (for both Sejarah and Bahasa Melayu), however, saw a decline of 0.74 per cent, from 88.53 per cent in 2018 to 87.79 per cent last year.

Despite that, the number of students who passed all subjects with at least an E was 18,054 (53.83 per cent), which grew by 2.15 per cent from 2018’s record of 17,420 students (51.68 per cent).

“A total of 198 candidates managed to score As (A+, A, A-) in 2019, compared to 152 candidates in 2018, which saw an additional number of 46 students.

“Therefore, although the passing percentage dropped slightly, we have more candidates who scored distinction grade last year,” she said when announcing the results at SMK St Michael here on Thursday.

Also present were Sabah Minister of Education and Innovation, Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, and assistant minister, Jenifer Lasimbang.

The 2019 SPM which took place from Nov 5 to 28, saw 33,541 students sitting for the examination, which was lower than 2018’s 34,322 candidates.

Of the total 58 subjects taken in Sabah, 26 achieved 100 per cent passing rates including Literature in English, Grafik Komunikasi Teknikal, Additional Science, Usul Al-Din, English for Science and Technology, as well as several vocational subjects.

Four fundamental subjects also registered improvement in quality based on the subject average grade (GPMP) – Bahasa Melayu from 4.44 to 4.27 (0.17), English from 6.80 to 6.62 (0.18), Moral Education from 4.17 to 4.06 (0.11), and Mathematics from 6.12 to 6.11 (0.01).

SM Sains Sabah Kota Kinabalu remained the top school for 2019 SPM with a school average grade (GPS) of 1.70, followed by SMK St Michael Penampang with 2.23, and SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu with 2.51.

Other schools in the top 10 placing were SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah KK (2.52), SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.75), SM Islamiah Tawau (2.93), SMK Matunggong Kudat (3.59), SMK St Patrick Tawau (3.59), SMKA Mohamad Ali Ranau (3.61), and SMK Perempuan Sandakan (3.64).

Meanwhile, the award for schools recording the biggest improvement was given to SMK La Salle KK (1.37 leap in GPS), SMK Bongkol Pitas (1.03), SMK Weston Beaufort (1.00), SMK Kunak Jaya (0.89), SMK Abdul Rahim Kudat (0.79), SMK Bandau Kota Marudu (0.73), and SMK Ranau (0.71).

Best students in the 11 subjects category were Aina Zainatul Zakirah Ismail from SMKA Kota Kinabalu with 10A+, 1A; Jung Bing Heng Jensen from SMK Sung Siew Sandakan (9A+, 2A); Muhammad Aqlan Syahir Alimuddin from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 3A); Nabihah Habibon from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 3A); Nojuel JC Soluku from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 3A); Izyani Syahirah Alfian from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 2A, 1B+); and Teo Yu Jing from SMK Sung Siew Sandakan with 8A+, 1A, 2B+.

For students taking 10 subjects, the top six were Vesley Junior Villos from SMK St Michael Penampang (9A+, 1A); Brayn Chung Kok Jing from SMK St Patrick Tawau (9A+, 1A-); Christina Ku Pei San from SMK Tinggi Kota Kinabalu (9A+, 1B+); Andrea Faith Charlie from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 2A); Abigail Victoria Malakun from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 2A); and Florence Chiu Yan Yee from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 2A).

Best students for those who took nine subjects were Ahmad Uzair Hedzree from SMK St Patrick Tawau (9A+); Lo Yung Kang from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 1A); Vagish A/L Krishnan from SMK St Patrick Tawau (8A+, 1A); Kevalraj Singh Kreer from SMK All Saints KK (8A+, 1A-); Ryan Constantine Libamin from SMK All Saints KK (8A+, 1A-); Nathan Alexander Benny Duati from SMK La Salle (8A+, 1A); Wan Ahmad Azeem Najhi Wan Azizi from SM Sains Sabah KK (8A+, 1A-); and Aneezah Johnson from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 1A-).

The final award, for students with special needs, was given to Syeriefazrizan Norazman from SMK Badin Tuaran who attained 1A+, 5A, 1B; Nurhan Nasir from SMK Menumbok Kuala Penyu with 1A, 1A-, 1B, 1C+, 1C, 2E; and Nurul Aisyah Amil Hassan from SMK Merotai Besar Tawau who achieved 3A-, 2B+, 1B, 1C+, 1E.

“From the total of 211 schools that were involved in last year’s SPM, 60 were urban schools which recorded a passing rate of 88.77 per cent while the remaining 151 were rural schools with a passing rate of 87.43 per cent.


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