PUTATAN: A total of 6,514 candidates (98.55%) in the 2017 Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examination in Sabah last year attained full passes.
According to Sabah Education Department director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul during the announcement of the State result of the 2017 STPM examination at SMK Putatan yesterday, there was an increase in the percentage pass as compared to 2016 (98.16 percent).
She added that a total of 6,610 candidates sat for the examination last year as compared to 6,361 candidates in 2016.
The examination were offered at 99 centres statewide.
Maimunah, who was represented by Education Department deputy director Datuk Dr Kassim Ibrahim also said that the 2017 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) was 2.66 as compared to 2.58 in 2016.
She also said that the gap in the CGPA between Sabah and the country had decreased from 0.13 in 2016 to 0.10 last year.
“This signifies Sabah’s improved performance,” she said.
The number of candidates attaining 5P’s in the examination has also increased from 158 (2.48 percent) in 2016 to 216 people (3.27 percent) in 2017.
There was also an increase in the number of candidates attaining 4P’s (4,344 candidates in 2017 as compared to only 4,138 candidates in 2016) and 3P’s.
Improvements in performance were also seen in 11 subjects out of the 21 subjects offered in the STPM in Sabah last year.
These were Bahasa Melayu (88.46 percent passes), Bahasa Cina (75 percent), Bahasa Arab (73.61 percent), Kesusasteraan Melayu Komunikatif (85.22 percent), Syariah (91.27 percent), History (92.80 percent), Geography (86.20 percent), Economics (76.51 percent), Accountancy (82.39 percent), Biology (63.84 percent) and Sport Science (97.73 percent).
She also said that 59 schools offering STPM last year succeeded in attaining 100 percent passes in the examination as compared to 53 schools in 2016.
She added that under category 1 (1-49 candidates), a total of 19 schools achieved the 100 percent students’ passes mark. They were SMK Kunak Jaya, SMK Merotai Besar, Sekolah Tinggi Kota Kinabalu, SMK Kota Klias, SMK Gadong, SMK Kinarut, SM La Salle, SMK Tenghilan, SMK Weston, SMK Agama Tun Sakaran, SMK Sri Nangka, SMK Pekan Kuala Penyu, SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu, SM Lok Yuk Likas, SMK Menumbok, SMK Sook, SMK Benoni, SMK Beaufort II and SMK Perempuan Likas.
Under category 2 (50-99 candidates), the schools that attained 100 percent students’ passes in the examination were SMK Madai, SMK Usukan, SMK Kunak, SMK Agaseh, SMK Pekan, SMK Beluran, SMK Tagasan, SMK Majakir, SM All Saints, SMK Narinang, SMK Sandakan II, SMK Arshad, SMK Kinabutan and SM Ken Hwa.
While under category 3 (schools with 100 and above candidates), the schools that attained 100 percent passes were SMK Tamparuli, SMK Muhibbah, SMK Putatan, SMK Bugaya and SMK Gunsanad.
She said that out of the 99 schools involved in the 2017 STPM, 24 that were located in the city area achieved 99.22 percent passes while 75 rural schools attained 97.07 percent passes.
A total of 39 candidates last year achieved 4.00 CGPA as compared to only 31 candidates in 2016.