Thursday, March 11, 2010

SPM Results: 214 Straight A+ Scorers from 7,987 Straight As

Posted by Chong

The SPM 2009 results are out. A total of 465,853 students took Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM or Malaysian Certificate of Education) examination last year. Education director-general, Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom, announced to the press that 7,987 students obtained all As in all the subjects they took. On top of that, 214 of these straight As scorers scored all A+ in all their subjects. In other words, there is a total of 214 straight A+ scorers.

For those who do not who what are these A+ all about, please read the following excerpt taken from wikipedia.
Because the SPM examination is the final nationally standardised examination taken by the majority of Malaysians, a lot of scholarships are awarded based on results. Generally, it is considered that the more A+'s (previously 1A's) you achieve, the better you are. Thus, there is pressure to take as many subjects as possible in order to secure a scholarship. This is especially true of non-bumiputera students, since the government allocates a certain amount of scholarships to bumiputera students. However, things are expected to change as the government decided to take action by limiting the number of subjects, which means students can only take maximum 12 subjects for free in SPM, which has now been put into effect. If a student wish to take more than 12 subjects, he/she has to pay for it and he/she cannot take more than 21 subjects in total.

Starting from 2010, a subject limit of 10 will be imposed on every SPM candidate. The minimum of 8 subjects are lowered to 6 subjects. Students will be able to take 2 additional subjects (comprising Arab, Chinese, Tamil, Iban, Kada­zandusun and Bible Knowledge) that will not be counted in the consideration for federal scholarships if the 10-subject limit is reached.[8] By 2009, SPM will use a new grading system, the grades ranging from A+(which is a grade higher than previous 1A) to G(Gagal or 'Fail' in English'. The table below shows the comparison between previous grade system and the latest one.

Previous Grade System Latest Grade System (2009)

A+
1A A
2A A-
3B B+
4B B
5C C+
6C C
7D D
8E E
9G G
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

STPM and SPM-leavers: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Chong (Last updated: 6 March 2010)

Since STPM 2009 results released last Thursday, some of popular education forums and websites are currently down due to high server load. So, Malaysia Students Blog will be answering all your questions regarding tertiary education (what to do after SPM and STPM). We believe SPM 2009 results will be released in next week.

Director general of education announced that SPM 2009 result will be released on 11 March 2010 (Thursday).
A total of 165,853 sat for the SPM written examination at 3,569 centres in the country between Nov 18 and Dec 16 last year while 6,920 candidates took the STAM examination at 98 centres between Oct 19 and 27, the statement said. - Bernama

Post your questions on this post and we will try to answer them on a daily basis. Do check back often. If you're undergraduates or are knowledgeable in post SPM and STPM, please help us to help our fellow juniors. Do post your answer to the question if you're able to answer any of the questions posted. We appreciate your help. Very much ;-)

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