The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) is a Malaysian pre-university examination. The Malaysian Examinations Council (Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia) administers it, and it is equal to the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) in other countries. STPM serves as a pathway for Malaysian students to enter universities and other higher education institutions both within Malaysia and abroad.
As the STPM results of the 2022 batch candidates were out last week, the results shows much improvement compared to previous years. There was a total of 43, 687 students enrolled for STPM 2022 meanwhile the number of candidates who sat for all three semesters is 41,701. It was stated that the remaining 1,986 candidates got opportunities to continue Diploma in polytechnics and other institutions, started working, ill or passed away. A total of 1,184 candidates achieved perfect score which is Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.00, stated the Malaysians Examination Council (MPM) chairman Prof Datuk Mohd Ekhwan Toriman. The number has increased compared to 2021 batch which was a total 874 candidates. Notably, from the 1,1184 candidates, 1,009 or 85.22% of them are from B40 category which is bottom-tier households that have an income of below RM 4,850. This is a great achievement. Despite the average living style, not much facilities yet they have proven themselves as arising stars. This shows that poverty and inconvenience are not an obstacle to succeed and unlock achievements in life.
According to Mohd Ekhwan, the STPM 2022 National CGPA increased to 2.82, up from 2.79 in STPM 2021. “This National CGPA is also the highest since the STPM exam was implemented,” he added. In terms of overall CGPA achievement, STPM 2022 candidates with CGPA 3.75 and more were 9.59%, while those with CGPA 3.00 and above were 42.96%. It is 56.97 percent for CGPA 2.75 and above, and 89.75 percent for CGPA 2.00 and above, which is an increase compared to 2021. There 99.98% or 41,694 from the 41,701 students who sat for all three exams were eligible to get the STPM 2022 certificate.
MPM had chosen the 17 best students in each category to receive an award of RM1,000 cash, a plaque, and a certificate, which was handed in a ceremony by Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek. The categories were the 11 best overall STPM students, one best B40 student, and one best Orang Asli student. “Also for the best four students in each category of candidates with Special Educational Needs, which are blind, short-sighted, autistic, and spastic,” stated Mohd Ekhwan, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He conveyed his congratulations to all the students. He also encouraged SPM students to consider STPM as their tertiary education as it is recognised worldwide and they can pursue their studies in public institutions or in overseas institutions. Current STPM should take these students as inspiration and work hard towards their goals.