GEORGE TOWN: A total of 656 students in the state scored all As in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year, with five of them scoring all A+s.
This is a drop from 725 students who scored all As in 2015, with 20 of them getting all A+.
One sight-impaired and two hearing-impaired students also performed well in the examination.
State Education Department director Shaari Osman said they will study the reasons for the decline in straight As and A+s among students.
"Nevertheless, we are still proud of the achievements of our students, which are among the best in the country," he told newsmen here.
Shaari also said that 22 out of 123 schools in the state scored 100 per cent passes.
A total of 19,593 students sat for the SPM examination in Penang last year.