KUALA LUMPUR: Despite only having two students scoring straight A+ in last year's SPM examination, SM Sains Alam Shah, Cheras, was named the best school in Kuala Lumpur by virtue of having the highest school's average grade (GPS) among the other schools in the Federal Territory. "Although this year we only have two students achieving straight A+, I am still very proud and happy with the result. "This is because out of the 275 candidates in the school that sat for the exam, we managed to have 85 students achieving straight As in all the subjects and the outcome is greatly due to the hard work and efforts of all the teachers," said its senior assistant (academic) Norazhar Mohd Shah when met by theSun after presenting SPM result slips to the students at the school hall today. At the national level, he said the school improved its ranking to sixth place for fully residential schools from seventh in 2013. Meanwhile, one of the top scorers of the school, Aiman Afiq Suzaimi, said that he is very delighted with his results. "Although I expected to get good results, I did not expect to score straight A+ in all the subjects especially Bahasa Malaysia and English," he said. Another SPM high achiever, Nyanasuriya Pubalan from SMK Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur, did not let his poor eyesight be a hindrance to accomplishing excellent results when he was named among the best special needs candidates in Kuala Lumpur. "Even though I expected to get better results, I am still happy with my 5A+ and 4A," he said. Earlier during a press conference at the Federal Territory education department, Education director Datin Nawal Salleh said there was a slight decline of 0.18 points in the state's average grade index for Kuala Lumpur, from 4.55 points registered in 2013 to 4.73 points last year. "However, our performance is still better than the National Average Grade (GPN) of 5.08 — a huge point difference of 0.35," she added. (GPN is an index used to evaluate the performance of candidate nationwide, where smaller value indicates better performance.) The number of Kuala Lumpur students achieving excellent results (A+, A and A-) in all subjects declined with only 776 or 4.03%, as compared to 994 or 4.99% of candidates in 2013.