2nd best SPM position
Published on: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah has set a credible record in the 2013 SPM results by clinching the second place in the Top 30 Science Secondary Schools (SMS) and Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) in the nation. Overall, Sabah has performed much better in the public examinations this time around - UPSR, PMR, SPM and STPM.

Deputy Education Minister I, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching made this remark when asked to comment on the State's performance in the SPM examination.

She said SMS Kota Kinabalu scored a GPS (School Average Grade) of 0.9650 against the top school, Sekolah Tun Fatimah which notched 0.8410 while MRSM Kota Kinabalu ranked 15th scoring a GPS of 1.4658.

Notably, 11 schools in Sabah scored 100% passes with improved GPS and these are SM Sains KK, SM Sains Lahad Datu, SMK Agama KK, SMK Agama Inanam, SM St Michael, Penampang, SM All Saints Likas, SM Lok Yuk Likas, SM St Francis Convent (M), KK, SMU Islamiah Tawau and SMK Agama Limauan Kimanis, Papar, and Vision Secondary School, Tawau (which has maintained its shining record for three consecutive years since 2011).

Yap, who is Member of Parliament for Tawau, noted that in terms of comparison of performance by location, the rural schools had secured a National Average Grade (GPN) of 5.28 versus 4.68 scored by urban schools.

The outcome, she said, was positive as it showed that the performance gap has narrowed to 0.60 compared with 0.61 in 2012.

"This favourable trend is very much in line with the initiative of narrowing the academic gap between the rural and urban schools as stated in the National Education Blue Print (2013-2025).

"I am delighted with the results and congratulate the State Education Director, Datuk Jame Alip, and the entire teaching fraternity for a good job.

"Well done! And congratulations too to the brilliant students on their outstanding performance. I wish them continuing success as they plan to further their studies," Yap said.

The Deputy Education Minister attributed Sabah's improvements to the leadership of the Director who has worked closely with the schools, parents and community to bring about positive change.

Meanwhile, Yap was informed by the Tawau District Education Office that in the district alone, six schools obtained 100pc passes in the 2013 STPM.

These are SMK St Patrick, SMK Jalan Apas, SMK Jambatan Putih, SMK Kuhara, SMK Tawau and SMK Merotai Besar.


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