SPM (2013) Results
Ministry of Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair
Mohamad Yusof announces the SPM 2013 result at Putrajaya
this morning. NST Pix by Fariz Iswadi Ismail.
percentage of candidates who were able to obtain Sijil
Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificates fell from 91.2% in
2012 to 85.5% in 2013.
Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof however denied that the drop in
the percentage of candidates who qualify for the SPM
certificates was the direct result of History being made a
must-pass subject in SPM starting 2013.
have an impact to the decrease in the percentage of students
receiving the SPM certificates but a combination of subjects
contribute to fewer students who qualify.
instance, candidates who have passed History but failed
Bahasa Melayu would still not be able to obtain the SPM
certificates," Khair said when releasing the analysis of SPM
results at the Education Ministry on Thursday.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced in 2010
that History would be made a must-pass subject in SPM
starting 2013 along with Bahasa Melayu.
candidates who failed History could resit the paper during
June and July this year. The percentage of candidates who
passed History in 2013 was 86.6% compared to 80.3% in 2012.
As for Bahasa Melayu, the passing percentage was 91.4%
in 2013 compared to 91.1% in 2012. Khair said the overall
SPM achievement in 2013 improved from the year before, with
the National Average Grade at 4.93 compared with 5.08 in
The lower the National Average Grade is, the
better the performance of students.
A total of 405
candidates (0.21%) of 442,588 candidates scored straight A+
in all papers. "Of the top scorers, 366 candidates were from
national schools while 39 were from other schools or private
candidates," said Khair.
Sources: the Star online