State Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said in 2015, Sabah had recorded a GPN of 5.66, which is an improvement of 0.02. The lower the points, the better.
In 2016, a total of 33,581 candidates sat for the examination compared to 31,691 students in 2015.
The number of students who passed all subjects also witnessed an increase of 0.16 per cent with 16,321 candidates or 48.6 per cent compared to 15,352 candidates or 48.44 per cent in 2015.
However, the number of students scoring all As (A+, A and A-) dipped from 142 in 2015 to only 113 last year.
"A total of 57 subjects were sat by SPM candidates in 2016 in Sabah. Of this number, we managed to maintain a 100 per cent pass in 24 subjects.
"Among these subjects are Literature in English, English for Science and Technology, Automobile Servicing, Motorcycle Servicing, Multimedia Production and Computer Graphics," she said during the announcement of the results at SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah, near here, Thursday.
Her text was read by Deputy State Education Director Datuk Dr Mohd Kassim Mohd Ibrahim.
According to her, four core subjects – Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Studies and Science - also charted an improvement in the Subject Average Grade (GPMP).
The other three core subjects, namely Moral Studies, History and Mathematics, had witnessed a GPMP decrease.
She named SM Sains Kota Kinabalu with a School Average Grade of 2.49 as the best school, while SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.50) and SM St Michael, Penampang (2.50) rounded off the top three.
SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah, Kota Kinabalu which registered 3.44, SM Ugama Islamiah, Tawau (3.44), SMK Perempuan, Sandakan (3.67), SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu (3.73), Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Sabah (3.86), SMA Al-Irsyadiah Marakau Ranau (3.97) and SMK Agama Ranau (3.99) completed the list of top 10 best schools in Sabah.
SMK Agaseh Lahad Datu's Gan Min Hong topped the list of best students in Sabah with 8A+ and 3A, followed by Aerissa Hui Yan Yue (7A+, 2A, 2A-) from SM Sung Siew Sandakan in second place.
Kou Tzer Shawn from SM Lok Yuk, Kota Kinabalu was ranked third with 7A+, 2Am 1A-.
In fourth and fifth places are Shui Wong (7A+, 2A) from SM All Saints, Kota Kinabalu and SM Tinggi Kota Kinabalu's Linus Kou (7A+, 2A), respectively.
Nur Syafiqah Abdul Rahman from SMK St Patrick, Tawau came sixth with 6A+, 4A, while Mohd Syafiz Qayyum Jamihil @ Jamil (6A+, 4A) from SMK Tawau held the seventh spot.
Another student from SM All Saints, Myson Peter Junior Libamin, was ranked eighth with 6A+, 4A, while SMK Tamparuli's Bredeca Esther Anthony (6A+, 4A) came ninth.
Completing the list of the State's top 10 best students is Abigail Ashwini Murali from SMK Balung, Tawau with 6A+, 3A, 1A-. - Ricardo Unto