SPM 2023 in Sarawak: Average grade soars to 4.92 points, best in a decade with 726 candidates achieving A grades

Azhar (seated centre) announcing the 2023 SPM results at Sarawak Education Department on May 27, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 27: The average grade (GPN) for the 2023 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results in Sarawak stands at 4.92 points, marking the best performance in the past decade.

Sarawak education director Datuk Dr Azhar Ahmad highlighted a significant improvement with a 0.15-point increase compared to the previous year’s GPN of 5.07 points in 2022.


“In 2023, SPM candidates in Sarawak demonstrated remarkable progress compared to the previous year, achieving our best GPN in a decade, under 5 points, since the implementation of Malay and History subjects as compulsory subjects in 2013,” he announced during the release of the SPM 2023 results at the Sarawak Education Department today.

Out of 32,588 candidates in Sarawak, 726 achieved excellent results with grades A+, A, and A- in all subjects, reflecting an increase of 0.15 per cent from the previous year’s 684 candidates.

“The number of candidates who obtained at least a pass with credit or grade C in all subjects is 6,132 candidates (18.81 per cent) in 2023 compared to 5,480 candidates (16.7 per cent) in 2022.

“Additionally, a total of 12,774 candidates (39.20 per cent) achieved at least a pass or grade E in all subjects taken in 2023, compared to 12,464 candidates (37.99 per cent) in 2022,” he added.

Regarding urban and rural candidates’ performance, there was an improvement in both categories.

Urban candidates’ GPN average increased by 0.16 points to 4.54 points in 2023 from 4.70 points in 2022, while rural candidates’ GPN average increased by 0.14 points to 5.18 points in 2023 from 5.32 points in 2022.

During a press conference, Azhar emphasised the department’s commitment to narrowing the gap between urban and rural students in the coming years.

Recognising the widening gap, he stated that the focus would be on rural schools, as the majority of schools are located in those areas.

“We have specific strategies to assist schools in rural areas in enhancing their performance in the future. This includes conducting focused performance dialogues for schools in rural areas within certain districts and increasing the number of tuition classes, as announced by the Sarawak government last year. This year, we will further bolster guidance classes in rural areas,” he explained. — DayakDaily