About 5,367 candidates or 89.41 per cent managed to achieve a full pass compared to only 5,699 (88.76 per cent) previously, Alip said in his speech when announcing the results at SMK Tansau, here.
The schools with 100pc passes were SMK Likas, SMJK Tiong Hua Sandakan, SMK Perempuan Likas Kota Kinabalu, Sekolah Tinggi Kota Kinabalu, SMK Agama Mohd Ali Ranau, SMK Kunak, Sekolah Menengah (SM) Sung Siew Sandakan, SMK Merotai Besar Tawau, SMK Segaliud Sandakan, and SMK Weston Beaufort.
The six students who recorded excellent marks were Nurul Jannah Sulaiman (SMK Perempuan Likas), Hazainah Aslie (SMK Agama Mohd Ali), Syahlianaezura Sait (SMK Elopura Bestari, Sandakan), Shakina Landau (SMK Galpam, Sandakan), Mayliana Yunus (SMK Tawau) and Yvone Lim Yen Yee (SM St Patrick, Tawau).
Alip noted that 6,013 candidates sat for the STPM exam compared to only 6,421 the year before, a decrease of 408 candidates.
However, he said this should not be viewed negatively as many SPM leavers furthered their studies at higher level institutes or enrolled into matriculation programmes.
He also said initiatives are being carried out to assist almost 1,000 students who are unable to go to school due to the crisis in Lahad Datu following the intrusion by armed foreigners last month.
Three schools are still closed, namely SK Tanjung Labian, SK Lok Buani and SK Fajar Harapan.
Teachers from these schools make the effort to visit a few centres to ensure that their students don't fall behind in terms of education. "They are still teaching under these conditions."
Apart from that, he also praised the fact that there are teachers who even come to the point of using their quarters (houses) to teach.