The National 2010 PMR Results
KUALA LUMPUR: This year’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination saw 2,675 more students scoring straight As, an increase of 9.5 per cent from last year.
A total of 30,863 or 7.02 per cent of 479,675 students who sat the exam this year scored distinctions in all eight core subjects, compared with 28,188 or 6.37 per cent last year.
Education Ministry director-general Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said this year’s results were the best in four years based on the national average grade, the index used to measure the achievement of examination candidates nationwide.
From this year, the ministry would no longer release the list of schools in the country with the most number of students who achieved straight As, nor the top students, to avoid unhealthy competition and pressure.
“However, the names of the best schools are listed under a ranking in the National Key Result Areas initiative,” he said when announcing the 2010 PMR results here yesterday.
The number of students who passed this year’s PMR (those with grades A, B, C or D) increased by 3.76 per cent from last year.
“The number of students who obtained lower than the minimum grade (Grade E) fell from 397 in 2009 to 386. But its percentage remained the same at 0.09 per cent.”
This year, six subjects saw marginal improvements based on the subjects’ average grade (SAG) (the lower the score, the better).
“Bahasa Melayu performed better at 0.08 per cent (2.34 this year from 2.42 last year), English at 0.09 per cent (3.16 this year, 2.35 last year), Arabic at 0.18 per cent (2.84 this year, 3.02 last year), Mathematics at 0.10 per cent (2.81 this year, 2.91 last year), Science at 0.09 per cent (2.86 this year, 2.95 last year) and Kemahiran Hidup Pertanian at 0.06 per cent (2.67 this year, 2.73 last year).”
Four subjects under Performing Arts also recorded a rise in the percentage of candidates achieving Band 4.
“Dance increased by 32 per cent to 39.7 per cent this year, music by 17.3 per cent to 30.8 per cent, theatre by 13.2 per cent to 35.6 per cent and visual arts by 17.8 per cent to 28.1 per cent.”
The number of students from rural schools who scored straight As also saw a 0.72 per cent increase or 1,050 more to 5,825.
In comparison, the growth percentage was slightly lower at 0.55 per cent to 24,084 for urban students.
But the number of disabled students who passed this year’s PMR decreased by 2.69 per cent from last year. Ghafar attributed their poorer performance to the difficult questions.
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Muhyiddin expressed satisfaction and pride at this year’s PMR results.
“This was evident in the four key subjects — Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and Science,” he said after attending a meet-the-people session in Lawas, Sarawak yesterday.
Muhyiddin, however, noted that a gap in academic achievement persisted between students in rural and urban areas.
23 December 2010By Alang Bendahara and Roy Goh