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Rural schools surpass urban passing rate

PROUD MOMENT… Mistirine (centre) sharing the joy with Sabah’s SPM top achievers

15th March, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: Rural schools in Sabah has for the first time surpassed urban schools’ passing rate with 0.99 per cent in the 2018 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Of the 214 schools involved in last year’s SPM, 61 urban schools recorded a passing rate of 87.19 per cent while 153 rural schools achieved 88.18 per cent.

Sabah Education Director Mistirine Radin said the implementation of the Interim programme last year was among the key factors of the accomplishment.

Under the Interim initiative, the department appointed university graduates who have not received formal appointment by the Education Service Commission to address the shortage of teachers particularly in the rural areas.

“The department was allowed to appoint Interim teachers last year based on their teaching options and most were posted to rural schools to fill the needs there.

“We found this as the key factor to the improvement; the skills and sufficiency of teachers have given undeniable impact to students’ performance.

“They are all new teachers and Sabahans as to meet the 90:10 quota,” she said, adding that the department is currently in the process to interview English Interim teachers.

Another factor, she added, was an engagement between the department and teachers through a ‘Focused Performance Dialogue’ which gave specific attention to subjects that need improvement.

Announcing the 2018 SPM results here yesterday, Mistirine said the state’s average grade (GPN) increased from 5.51 in 2017 to 5.44 – lower GPN indicates better performance.

She stated that the passing percentage last year also showed a 2.33 per cent increase – from 88.53 per cent in 2017 to 86.20 per cent.

In 2018, 34,322 candidates sat for the SPM from Nov 13 to Dec 13 which was an increase of 484 candidates compared to 33,838 in 2017.

A total of 17,420 students or 51.68 per cent passed all subject with at least an E last year compared to 17,217 candidates or 50.88 per cent in 2017.

The number of students who attained distinction grade A (A+, A, A-) were 152 individuals. Of 53 subjects offered, 22 achieved 100 per cent passes while three out of seven fundamental subjects showed improvements in quality.

The subject average grade (GPMP) of Science increased from 5.36 to 5.28, Moral Education from 4.32 to 4.17, and History from 5.73 to 5.47.

“The best schools evaluated by the school average grade (GPS) were SM Sains Sabah with 1.97, SMK St. Michael (2.44) and SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.54),” she said.

Other schools were SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah (2.70), SM Islamiah Tawau (3.00), SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu (3.14), SM Agama Al-Irsyadiah Marakau (3.38), SMK Agama Tun Juhar, Sandakan (3.54), SMK Agama Mohamad Ali, Ranau (3.66), SMK Perempuan Sandakan (3.67), SMK St. Patrick Tawau (3.83), SMK Agama Keningau (3.85), SMK Matunggong, Kudat (3.86) and SMK Chung Hwa Tenom (3.98).

Award for schools that showed improvements were also given to 14 schools with at least 0.80 leap from its previous GPS.

“They were SMK Wallace Bay Tawau (0.98 leap), SMK Taman Tun Fuad Kota Kinabalu (0.96) SMK St. Mary Sandakan (0.93), SMK St. Patrick Beaufort (0.86), SMK Timbua Ranau (0.85), SMK St. Michael Penampang (0.83), and SMK Ulu Sugut Ranau (0.81),” she said.

A new award for the best District Education Office (PPD) was also introduced yesterday for PPD that exceeded the state’s GPN of 5.44.

They were PPD Penampang (4.81), Tawau (4.83), Tenom (5.13), Kota Kinabalu (5.23), Kuala Penyu (5.28), Kudat (5.28), Tuaran (5.29), Beaufort (5.31), Ranau (5.34), and Kunak (5.40).

Meanwhile, the best student award for students taking 11 subjects were Mohd Danish Iskandar bin Amran from SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu (9A+, 2A), Mohd Normokhlis Naim from the same school, (9A+, 2A), Rachel Liang Jia Ying from SMK St. Patrick Tawau (9A+, 1A, 1A-), and Chui Chai Suen from SMK Lok Yuk Likas (8A+, 2A, 1B+).

For the 10 subjects category, the best students were Carolina Lee Pei Qian from SMK St. Patrick Tawau (10A+), Andrew William of SM All Saints (9A+, 1A), Cassandra Yeo Geck Chi of SMK KK High School (9A, 1A+), and Samuel Wong Jia Qi of SMK St. Michael Penampang (9A+, 1A).

Also awarded were Soo Zong Chen of SMK Tawau (9A+, 1A), Rafizah Nurdin of SMK Perempuan Sandakan (9A+, 1A), Choong Tze Shan of SMK KK High School (8A+, 2A), Brian Dozie Chong Ochulor of SMK KK High School (8A+, 1A, 1A-), and Phoebe Giovanna Kunan of SMK St. Michael Penampang (8A+, 1A, 1A-).

The award under the final category of students taking nine subjects were given to Evaviye Juanne Bonaventure from SM Sains Sabah (9A+), Ivan Avannus Jacob Jimbangan from SMK St. Michael Penampang (9A+), Sebastian Pavaranis from SMK Arshad Kota Belud (9A+), and Muhammad Farhan Firdaus Nordin from SM Sains Sabah (8A+, 1A).

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