Min­istry will look into im­prov­ing stu­dents’ pre­pared­ness to an­swer them, says min­is­ter

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THE Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry will an­a­lyse stu­dents’ weak­nesses in an­swer­ing gen­eral exam ques­tions. Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said while the min­istry was sat­is­fied with the 2016 Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia (SPM) ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults, there was a need to an­a­lyse stu­dents’ per­for­mance in solv­ing Higher-Or­der Think­ing Skills (HOTS) ques­tions.

“We will iden­tify stu­dents’ weak­nesses in han­dling HOTS ques­tions and look into im­prov­ing their pre­pared­ness to an­swer them,” he said af­ter re­leas­ing the SPM re­sults at SMK Kubang Rotan here yesterday.

Mahdzir said de­spite the dip in can­di­dates who scored straight As, the min­istry would con­tinue to field HOTS ques­tions in SPM, which made up 25 per cent of the to­tal ques­tions.

“To de­velop our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, stu­dents must get used to an­swer­ing HOTS ques­tions. We want to im­prove the qual­ity of stu­dents. This is in line with the spirit of the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Blue­print 2013-2025 to trans- form our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.”

He said de­spite the drop in straight-A can­di­dates, the over­all Na­tional Av­er­age Grade (GPN) im­proved from 5.15 in 2015 to 5.10 last year.

A lower GPN score in­di­cated bet­ter per­for­mance.

He said the over­all GPN for both ur­ban and ru­ral schools also saw im­prove­ment.

He said al­though there was con­cern about the de­clin­ing num­ber of straight-A stu­dents, it was a good that some states and schools had im­proved their School Av­er­age Grade and State Av­er­age Grade.

“We need to an­a­lyse the re­sults to iden­tify why some schools did well, while oth­ers didn’t.

“We will iden­tify the sub­jects the stu­dents fared poorly in for the HOTS ques­tions and see how to im­prove fu­ture re­sults.”

In Pu­tra­jaya, there was an over­all im­prove­ment in the 2016 SPM re­sults com­pared with 2015, Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof said.

Out of 434,535 can­di­dates who sat the exam at 3,732 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres last year, only 8,647 scored straight As, com­pared with 9,721 in 2015.

“Only 102 stu­dents, or 1.94 per cent, achieved straight A+, com­pared with 163 stu­dents, or 2.6 per cent, in 2015.

“The num­ber of stu­dents who scored A and A- also de­creased, with 2.13 per cent last year com­pared with 2.38 per cent in 2015,” he said at the an­nounce­ment of the 2016 SPM Re­sults Anal­y­sis at the min­istry’s head­quar­ters.

De­spite the drop in the num­ber of stu­dents scor­ing straight As, he said stu­dents’ in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance in the exam was much bet­ter than in 2015.

“Al­though the num­ber of stu­dents scor­ing straight As have dropped, the over­all GPN has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. This means stu­dents per­formed bet­ter de­spite not scor­ing As.”

Khair said re­sults in both ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas also im­proved, with ru­ral stu­dents’ GPN im­prov­ing by 0.08 from 5.44 in 2015, while their ur­ban coun­ter­parts im­proved by 0.05 from 4.89 in 2015.

“The gap be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban stu­dents has nar­rowed sig­nif­i­cantly, with a GPN of 0.47 last year com­pared with 0.50 in 2015.

“Stu­dents in ru­ral ar­eas have fared very well in the last few years, mainly due to their high com­mit­ment to their stud­ies and teachers’ ded­i­ca­tion in en­sur­ing can­di­dates do well.”

A to­tal of 340,698 stu­dents qual­i­fied for the SPM cer­tifi­cate.

“A to­tal of 510 spe­cial needs stu­dents out of 873, or 58.42 per cent, also qual­i­fied for the SPM cer­tifi­cate,” he said, adding that eight scored straight As.

A to­tal of 56 stu­dents out of 1,257 can­di­dates in Pu­tra­jaya scored straight As, com­pared with 79 in 2015.

Khair said the re­sults for 41 out of 73 sub­jects, in­clud­ing Ba­hasa Malaysia, English, Sci­ence and Is­lamic Stud­ies, saw an im­prove­ment, while 28 sub­jects, in­clud­ing Math­e­mat­ics, His­tory and Moral Stud­ies, showed a de­cline, and the re­sults of four other sub­jects re­mained the same.


Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor­gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof (cen­tre) with the 2016 SPM Re­sults Anal­y­sis dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Pu­tra­jaya yesterday. With him are his deputy, Datuk Seri Khairil Awang (left), and Malaysian Ex­am­i­na­tion Board ex­am­i­na­tion di­rec­tor Dr Aliah Ah­mad Shah.

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