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Fewer students score straight A’s
Posted: 09 March 2015; Category: National

PUTRAJAYA: The overall Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) achievement declined with fewer students scoring straight A’s, and educators attribute this to possibly a change in the way questions were structured.

Of the 429,003 students who took the examination last year, 11,289 (2.63%) scored straight A’s – compared to 13,970 (3.16%) out of 442,588 students in 2013.

The National Average Grade (GPN) was at 5.08, compared with 4.93 in 2013. (A lower GPN shows a better overall performance).

Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the decline in student performance and the reduced number of top scorers could be due to a change in the way questions were structured.

“The questions were the same as before, but students now need to think more when they answer. They can’t just revise lessons the old way, or spot questions, to do well,” he said.

“Those who took the time to properly understand the subject matter would have done well.

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Source: The Star, 4 March 2015