PUTRAJAYA: A total of 559 (0.12%) of 468,808 students scored straight A+ in last year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, compared with 403 (0.08%) straight A+ scorers in 2010.
Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said overall student achievement in the examinations has continually improved in the past four years.
He said 506 of the straight A+ candidates were from national secondary schools and 53 from other schools, compared with 363 and 40 respectively in 2010.
"The overall SPM achievement for 2011 improved from the year before, with the National Average Grade at 5.04 compared with 5.19 in 2010," he added.
"The overall achievement of schools also improved, as the number of schools in the 'excellent' and 'good' categories increased by 13 and 60 schools respectively," he said when announcing the SPM 2011 results analysis at the Education Ministry here Wednesday.
Abdul Ghafar said schools were gauged using the School Average Grade and categorised as "excellent", "good", "satisfactory", and "potential".