A total of 922 students achieved straight As in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination but there was a slight dip in overall passes - no thanks to poorer performance in two subjects this year.
State Education Director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin said there was a slight drop in the Arab language, which recorded a 14.6 per cent decline, and Chinese language which dropped by 4.6 per cent.
"We do not know the reason for the drop but we will conduct a thorough study in schools throughout the State," he said, adding that if the passes for these subjects could be increased then perhaps the overall passes could exceed 65 per cent.
He said this during a media conference after announcing the PMR results at the Hamzah Al-Fansuri Hall of SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah here, on Wednesday.
This year a total of 37,607 candidates sat for the PMR examination compared to 37,714 last year resulting in 922 students scoring straight As compared to 1,025 last year.
Twenty-six candidates obtained Es in all subjects compared to 16 candidates last year. The results showed an average grade of 3.01 compared to 3.03 last year, while the overall passes was 62.04 per cent compared to 63.06 per cent last year, showing a slight drop by 1.02 per cent.
Overall results showed an improvement in eight subjects, namely Bahasa Malaysia (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), Living Skills (1.0 per cent) and Home Economics (0.9 per cent).
A total of six subjects showed a decrease in passes, namely English (1.9 per cent), Agriculture (1.0 per cent), Commerce and Entrepreneurship (0.9 per cent), Arab language (14.6 per cent), Chinese language (4.6 per cent) and KadazanDusun Language (0.1 per cent).
Meanwhile, SM Sains Lahad Datu was named the top school Statewide with 100 per cent passes scoring 1.08 School Average Grade, followed by SM Sains Sabah (100 per cent), SMKA Tun Ahmadshah (95.41 per cent), SM Islamiah Tawau (92.86 per cent), SM St Michael Penampang (98.93 per cent), SMKA Kota Kinabalu (77.53 per cent), SMKA Tun Datu Mustapha (78.46 per cent), SMKA Mohd Ali in Ranau (65.88 per cent), SM St Francis Convent (M) (93.82 per cent), SM Sung Siew Sandakan (88.89 per cent) , SMKA Sandakan (74.07 per cent), SMKA Limauan (82.22 per cent) and SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu (90.85).
Meanwhile, top five schools in the city were SM Sains Sabah with 100 per cent passes scoring average grade 1.14, followed by SMKA Tun Ahmadshah with 95.41 passes average grade 1.62, SMKA Kota Kinabalu with 77.53 passes average grade 1.78, SM St Francis Convent (M) 93.82 passes with average grade 93.82 and SM All Saints with 90.85 per cent with average grade 2.2.
On another note, Muhiddin thanked all those who gave full cooperation and support to the State's education achievement.
"We find that in some schools, there are parents who are committed in giving their full support through their individual effort or through the Parent Teachers Association which has made it easier for us to get assistance not only in terms of study materials but also in terms of support towards the educational programmes conducted in their respective schools," he said.
Sources: Daily Express / JPN
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