by Patrick Beech
Despite the numerous challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, candidates for the 2021 Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM) examination did better that their 2017 and 2018 counterparts.
According to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Centre of Community Education and Wellbeing senior lecturer Dr Anuar Ahmad, this was evident in terms of the national average grade (GPN) which was 4.86.
He said in 2020, the GPN was 4.80; 2019 (4.86); 2018 (4.89) and 2017 (5.05).
A lower GPN indicates better performance in the examinations.
“We must remember that the 2021 SPM candidates had to study two full years via home-based teaching and learning (PdPR), which was said to be less successful by the Education Ministry in the Parliament.
“They were also the first cohort of the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM) format and they sat for the examinations where 50 per cent of the questions were of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).
“With the existing challenges, the 2021 SPM candidates outdid the 2017 and 2018 SPM candidates who did not have any pandemic challenges or had to study via PdPR.
“There were 20 per cent and 30 per cent of HOTS questions in 2017 and 2018 respectively and they remained using the Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Menengah (KBSM),” he said.
Education director-general Datuk Nor Zamani Abdol Hamid had earlier said 9,696 2021 SPM candidates scored straight As for all subjects, marking a slight increase from 2020’s 9,411.
She said the KSSM emphasised more on the development of well-balanced human capital and less on the number of As.
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