PUTRAJAYA, Mar 15 – The 2017 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results recorded a better National Average Grade (GPN) of 4.90 from 5.05 in 2016, said Education Director-General Datuk Dr Amin Senin.
“Overall, the 2017 SPM results showed improvement in the achievement of the candidates,” he told a media conference which was called to announce the analysis of 2017 SPM results here today.
A lower GPN indicates better performance. Amin said the 2017 SPM results showed improvement in 48 of the 73 subjects, a decline in 23 subjects and no change in two subjects.
The five core subjects, namely Bahasa Melayu (BM), English, Islamic Studies, History and Mathematics showed improved performance, while a drop in performance was recorded for Moral Studies and Science.
He said the performance for BM showed the highest score at 0.46, while the score for Moral Education showed the lowest performance of 0.11 in GPN.
In the science and mathematics elective, three subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry and Additional Science showed an improvement with Additional Science recording the highest score at 0.36, and the lowest, Biology, at 0.12.
Amin said all religious elective subjects showed improved performance in the 2017 SPM than in 2016 , with Tasawwur Islam recording the highest score at 0.43.
In technical elective, the Home Economics subject recorded the highest score in improved performance at 0.34, while Civil Engineering Studies recorded the highest decline of 0.29.
He said the announcement on the number of As obtained by candidates who sat for the SPM examination last year would be announced by the education directors in the respective states.
A total of 43,883 candidates sat for the SPM examination in 2017, he added. On the performance of the 2017 SPM candidates in the urban and rural areas, Amin said it was encouraging with an increase of 0.14 in GPN, at 4.75 and 5.22, respectively.
“The difference in the performance of candidates in the urban and rural areas remained at 0.47 in 2017, which is the same as in 2016,” he added. — Bernama