KUANTAN: Pahang recorded an overall state average grade (GPN) of 4.88 for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year, surpassing the national average grade of 5.10.
State education department director Datuk Rosdi Ismail said, however, only 269 candidates achieved straight As (Grade A+, A and A-) in all subjects last year, compared to 306 candidates in 2015.
He said a total of 18,988 candidates sat for the SPM examination last year, and out of the total, 16,493 candidates will receive their SPM certificates after having passed the compulsory Bahasa Melayu and History subjects.
"SMK Sultan Abu Bakar in Kuantan emerged as the top school, with a 2.24 grade in the state-wide school-level evaluation. Loo Kai Lin from SMK Mahmud, in Raub, is the only candidate to score 10A+s.
"13 Orang Asli candidates and two candidates with special needs achieved at least 5As in the subjects they registered in" he told reporters at SMK Sultan Abu Bakar here today.