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45,303 Candidates Sit For Third Term STPM 2017 From Nov 6

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — A total of 45,303 candidates will sit for the third term of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) 2017 examination at 683 examination centres nationwide, from Nov 6 to 9 and Nov 14.

The Malaysian Examinations Council (MPM), in a statement today, said that of the total candidates, 44,819 were government school candidates, 222 from private schools, 254 individual private candidates and eight from state government schools.

Meanwhile, 50,011 candidates would sit for the Term 1 STPM 2018 examination on Nov 15, 16, 20 and 21 at 670 centres.

The candidates comprise 49,746 from government schools, 168 from private schools, 80 individual private candidates and 17 from state government schools.

MPM also said that the repeat examination for the Term 1 STPM 2017 examination, involving 41,078 candidates, would be held on the same dates as Term 1 STPM 2018.

Meanwhile, the repeat examination for the Term 2 STPM 2017 examination, involving 40,289 candidates, would be held on Nov 22, 23, 27 and 28.

MPM also said that the November 2017 session of the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) which involved 48,065 candidates would be held on Nov 4, at 483 test centres.

All candidates have been advised to always bring along their identification card, candidate admission registration report (LPKC) for the STPM examination and the MUET Registration Slip (MUET/D), when sitting for their papers.

Candidates can print their LKPC and MUET/D slips via the MPM portal,, and check the location of examination centres.

In the event of natural disasters like floods or landslides which result in difficulty for candidates to get to their examination centres, they are advised to go to the nearest examination centre and report to the Chief Invigilator there to sit for the examination on that day.

The MPM Operation Room which can be contacted at 03-61261668 will be open from 7am to 5pm.


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Is education a journey or a race?

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
In today’s competitive world, the rat race starts early. Excellent grades in academic subjects are the primordial benchmark that sets kids apart from their peers. FILE PIC

UPSR, SPM, STPM, GCE — just a few of the acronyms haunting many young minds at this time of the year. Young minds and their parents alike.

Remember the days when everything was a race? First to reach the bathroom in the morning, first to down their Milo, first to call shotgun for the ride to school. First to sit on the swing at recess, first in line for canteen lunch. First on the school bus to secure the best seat and first to reach the front door and ring the bell. A happy childhood consisted mostly of healthy competition among friends and siblings, a race to be the first in all things that, from an adult’s perspective, don’t really matter.

Most children gladly put their competitive mind to rest between recess and lunch. Pupils used to run out of the classroom, not into it. Hardly anyone pushed and shoved to be the first at the blackboard and try their luck at a complex math formula. Oh, happy childhood days. Not the most ambitious of times, but happy days, nonetheless.

So, what happened? Instead of a rambunctious crowd, today’s pupils march in single file from their parents’ cars onto the school grounds, born down by a school bag so big and heavy that the child who carries it could easily find space to sit in it herself. If Malaysian schools run two sessions per day, a fact that absolutely boggles the outsider’s mind, where are all the students that have the other half of the day off?

Why are they not playing outside, in their front yard, in the neighbourhood park? Why are they not hanging out at the local mall or mamak stall? Where and when are today’s children being children, where are the nation’s teens being pubescent?

Youngsters have no time to be childlike, or rebellious, or sullen, or dreaming, anymore. Youngsters are at tuition. They are at tuition centres that have popped up all over the country like “mushrooms growing after the rain”, to borrow a local saying.

In today’s competitive world, the rat race starts early. Excellent grades in academic subjects are the primordial benchmark that sets kids apart from their peers; the yardstick that determines a parent’s measure of success at their job as a progenitor.

Academic excellence is a must in secondary school; it is even the norm in primary school. Parents and guardians send their scions for after school tuition up to seven days a week. Gymnastics and piano lessons are squeezed in somewhere in between.

The “Asian F” is a very real notion. It is the widespread understanding that an A- is not good enough. The pressure on school children and their parents is growing to unhealthy proportions.

At the same time, many life skills are thrown overboard in a constant effort to be the best among the best. Professors in tertiary education lament the fact that they lecture classes of exceptionally well-instructed students who don’t understand what further education is all about. Students are bright and diligent, but they don’t know how to think critically, how to build an argument, how to debate, or how to work towards a solution as a team.

If parents and schoolchildren willingly submit to the burden of pushing for always better grades, it is in an effort to be best prepared for the real rat race, the demands of modern career perspectives.

However, it seems that academic excellence is not the whole ticket. Employers undoubtedly look favourably upon perfect scores. But, recruiters also look for attributes such as individuality, drive, passion, curiosity. These aren’t skills learned in the classroom, nor in a tuition centre, no matter how well intentioned the teachers and tutors might have been. These character traits are fashioned on the playground, on a football field, in a band, even while playing video games.

At first glance, this argument might come across as irresponsible, dismissive of academic values, rebellious even. It is not. It is simply an attempt at widening the scope of modern education.

A healthy education should be a marvelous journey, not a race. It is a plea for restoring a childhood that leaves space for learning how to fail, in order to better succeed, a childhood that is given the opportunity to grow at one’s individual pace.

It is an appeal, to give children the chance to spend time in a meadow, so that they know how to stop and smell the roses when they grow up.


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Being Visually Impaired No Obstacle To Success – STPM High Achiever

Friday, May 19th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) — “Being visually impaired will not withhold me from achieving success,” said Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) high achiever A. Mahavithya, 22.

The student of Kolej Sri Putra, Banting, Perak persevered despite being blind in both eyes to achieve a CGPA of 2.9 in the recent STPM examination, making her one of the country’s disabled high achievers.

“I was the only one back in school who was blind, therefore, I had to use the braille system to study.

“Slowly, but surely I made it. I dedicated myself to my studies and was determined to do well just like the rest of my classmates.”

Mahavithya, who lives with her sister’s in-laws after having lost her parents at a very young age, is grateful to her immediate family who raised her despite not being one of the own and providing her with education.

The petite young lady said she had sent her application to several public universities to pursue a degree in teaching and was waiting for a placement.

“I plan to pursue a degree in teaching and hope to become a teacher, I love the Malay language and would like to become a BM (Bahasa Melayu) teacher,” she added.

Another high achiever, P.Kunasegaran, 18 who scored 10As in the recent Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination said the key to do well in the examinations is through the art of balancing.

“In order to excel, you have to know how to balance your studies and extra curricular activities. Days leading to the SPM examinations, I decided to focus more on revision and less on curricular activities,” said Kunasegaran from SMK Tinggi St.David, Melaka.

“Nevertheless, I managed to do well. The other thing, is to take it easy and do not stress much over exams. With the right kind of revision, anything is possible.”


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Form 6 free and recognised globally

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

The Education Ministry aims to establish at least one Form Six college in each state by 2020.

This is one of the initiatives that the ministry has rolled out to encourage Form Six enrolment, which has dwindled from 51,697 candidates in 2012 to 43,235 candidates last year.

School Management Division director Aminudin Adam said local colleges had been developed exclusively for the programme under the Form Six Transformation initiative since 2014.

“We have 14 Form Six colleges in nine states that apply the Mode 1 Programme ,” he said, adding that the Mode 1 Programme allowed colleges to have their own premises and administrations, separate from mainstream schools.

Aminudin said Mode 2 and 3 Programmes were located in mainstream schools, differing in the number and location of classes — 12 or more in separate school blocks (Mode 2), or fewer than 12 in the same block (for Mode 3).

Mode 2 and 3 Programmes have been applied in 620 schools.

“The country caters to 634 schools for the Form Six programme,” he said.

He said Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results had also improved since the transformation began, a testament to the successful use of the modular approach in the teaching and learning process.

“We use the modular approach, just like in universities, where students complete required coursework and sit the final examination at the end of each semester.

“These will be accumulated by semester, and make up their STPM results,” he said, adding that the modular approach was first put in place by the ministry in 2012.

In comparison with the previous system where students had to sit only one main examination at the end of their two-year programme, the modular approach made it easier for students to perform well and improve, he said.

“Students are more interested and perform better when it involves research and projects.

“Apart from gaining knowledge, they learn scientific, manipulative, investigative and presentation skills.

“This approach quashes claims that STPM is a difficult exam to obtain good marks.”

He said Form Six education should also attract students and parents as it was fully subsidised by the government.

“The Form Six programme is free as it is entirely supported by the government.

“Even the STPM examination is free, except for students sitting repeat papers.”

Students choose four or five subjects throughout their three-semester programme, and the absence of any kind of payment allows for more voluntary contributions by parents to the school’s parent-teacher association.

This, he said, would make Form Six education more attractive to poor families.

“We have maintained Form Six education primarily to support low-income families, but it also welcomes those from high- or middle-income families.

“In line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, we want to increase access to education.

“We do not want money to be an obstacle to obtain good education.”

STPM, he added, was recognised by Cambridge Assessment, allowing certificate holders to be accepted by almost all institutions of higher learning, nationwide or across the worldwide.

“The recognition of STPM also means that it can be accepted as a qualification to join the workforce.

“If STPM graduates choose to work right after finishing Form Six, they can use the certificate to request an STPM-level salary.”

Petaling Jaya Form Six College principal Ghumiat Kamdi said Form Six education had many benefits that many were not aware of.

Other than the fact that it was free, he said, Form Six students would benefit from its modular academic approach.

“Form Six students learn based on modules.

“At the end of each semester, they sit a major examination and submit coursework, which will be accumulated as their STPM performance.

“This approach helps students perform better (in STPM) because it prepares them earlier in the programme and not at the end.

“Students who are inclined towards academic study will find Form Six a breeze,” he said.

Students are also given the choice to repeat the subjects they did poorly in the year before, improving their performance in STPM.

Ghumiat said character development would be included in the programme.

“Students will have a platform to make decisions and organise their own programmes and other character-building activities through the Form Six Student Council. From this, they can develop leadership and communication skills to prepare them for university life.

“We make it a point to ensure everyone has a chance to be a leader, build self-esteem and develop leadership skills,” he said.

The smaller number of students in schools, unlike most pre-university institutions, he said, would ensure that introverted and reserved students were not cast aside.

Form Six teacher Noor Ashikin Mawardi, who has more than 20 years of experience under her belt, said the rebranding of Form Six education by allowing them to have their own colleges was timely as it would help to increase the number of students in the programme.


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Top STPM Scorer Attributes Success To Hard Work, Parents’ Prayers

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 28 (Bernama) — Nur Hidayah Abdullah, one of Kedah’s top students in the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) for 2016, attributed her success to hard work and prayers from her parents, teachers and friends.

Nur Hidayah, 20, emerged as one of the best students, scoring a national Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 4.00, as well as the best student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seri Mahawangsa, Jitra.

“For my Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results, I scored seven A’s but I didn’t apply for any placement at higher education institutions because I wanted to sit for my STPM. The sacrifice was worth it, looking at my results now,” she told Bernama at the ceremony to announce STPM results for Kedah and presentation of certificates to outstanding STPM students at SMK Che Tom, here today.

The students received their certificates from the state’s Deputy Director of Education, Sofaruddin Ismail.

Nur Hidayah, the third child of four siblings, said apart from hard work and prayers from loved ones, she also cited time management had played an important role in her success.

“I find the time to learn as I was more comfortable learning in the evening without interruption and eventually this success made me and my parents Abdullah Ismail, 67, and Zabedah Md Isa, 57, very happy.

“In addition, the diet should also be maintained and I avoided drinking beverages with ice and I also brought along a little notebook with me to help me doing revision at any time,” she said.


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Poor Results In SPM Spurs Student To Score Perfect CGPA In STPM

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

KOTA BHARU, Feb 28 (Bernama) — Dalili Dahlia Ibrahim did not do well in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam three years ago but that turned out to be her inspiration to do well in her Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).

The 20-year-old former student of SMK Puteri here worked hard and eventually scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 in her STPM exam which was announced today.

Dalili Dahlia who was one of the top scorers in Kelantan, said her disappointment then was the driving force behind her hard work.

“I only managed 2As in my SPM. I was not serious in my studies and often skipped classes then…That’s why I failed. My disappointment was even worse when my friends pursued their studies at higher learning institutions.

“From that moment on, I was determined to improve myself and study hard,” she told reporters at SMK Puteri here.

The fourth of five siblings said her excellent result was a meaningful gift to her mother, Wan Narimah Wan Mustafa, 51, who had sacrificed a lot to raise her and her siblings after their father died when she was 12.

“My mother had to sell ‘murtabak’ (stuffed pancake) in Kampung Kijang where we live just to ensure that her children could further their studies after her contract as a security guard was not renewed.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise to God), this is a precious gift to myself following my mother’s prayers and the support I got from the teachers,” said Dalili Dahlia who plans to further her studies at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).


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Full Concentration In Class Among Recipes For Success – STPM Scorer

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

IPOH, Feb 28 (Bernama) — Yeong Seng Wah, who obtained 5As in the 2016 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), attributed his excellent result to paying attention in class.

The student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sam Tet, Ipoh, however, said the result was unexpected.

“I probably did well because whenever I failed to understand anything I will ask the teacher to explain again and I made it a point to give my full attention in class,” he told reporters here today.

Yeong, 20, who is the second of four siblings, said his only hope now was to be able to further his studies in a local university.

His schoolmate, Choo Kinn, attributed his success to his teachers.

Choo, who aspires to be a doctor, said he normally spent one or two hours to revise for the examinations.

“Without my teachers’ guidance and parents’ support, I don’t think I am able to do so well because I don’t really focus on my studies.

“However, whenever I am in doubt, I will always ask the teachers and they will never fail to explain. As such I dedicate my success to the teachers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Perak Education deputy director, Mohd Rosli Ahmad said the number of STPM candidates who managed to obtain a full pass in Perak increased by 1.37 per cent from last year.

He said of the 4,133 candidates from government schools, a total of 4,083 candidates or 98.79 per cent obtained a full pass.

In announcing Perak STPM results at the Education Department here today, Mohd Rosli said a total of 41 schools in the state recorded 100 per cent full passes with 20 of the schools maintaining the achievement.

“Meanwhile, 45 schools recorded an improvement in the School Grade Average with Sekolah Menengah Tsung Wah, Kuala Kangsar, recording the highest grade average of 3.17,” he said.


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STPM: 53 schools in Sabah achieve 100% pass rate

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 53 schools in Sabah achieved 100 per cent passes in the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations held last year.

It indicates a marked increase from 41 schools scoring all passes in STPM in 2015. State education director, Datuk Hajah Maimunah Suhaibul said the STPM examination results for 2016 also showed an improvement of 0.85 per cent over the previous year.

Of the 6,361 STPM candidates in 2016, a total of 6,244 or 98.16 per cent achieved full pass compared to 97.31 per cent in 2015.

“Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPNK) also showed an increase of 0.07 from 2.51 in 2015 to 2.58 in 2016.

“Similarly the GPNK gap between Sabah and the other states have narrowed by 0.13 in 2016 compared to 0.14 in 2015. This achievement shows the state is getting better,” she said.

Maimunah said this in her speech at the announcement of the STPM state-level examination results for 2016 at Wisma Pendidikan, here, yesterday.

The speech was delivered by the Head of Sector for Assessment and Examinations, Haji Bad Hamid Hj. Musli. Schools that achieved 100 per cent pass were divided into three categories based on the number of candidates from 1 – 49, 50 – 99 and 100 above.

The schools are SMK Kota Klias in Beaufort, SMK Agama Limauan Kimanis in Papar, SMK Kunak Jaya in Kunak, SMK Merotai, Tawau, SMKA Kota Kinabalu, SMK Gadong Beaufort, SMK Pekan Kuala Penyu, SMK Madai Kunak, SMA Mohamad Ali Ranau, SMK Perempuan Likas, SMKA Tun Sakaran in Semporna, SMK Lok Yuk Likas, SMK Sri Nangka in Tuaran, SMK Menumbok, SMK Weston in Beaufort, SMK Jalan Apas in Tawau, SM Ken Hwa Keningau, SMK Kuala Penyu, SMK Ranau, SMK Pamol Beluran and SMK LIKAS.

Others are SMK La Salle Kota Kinabalu, Sek Tinggi Kota Kinabalu, SMK Tamparuli, SMK Beluran, SMK Usukan, SMK Majakir Papar, SMK Sandakan II, SMK Elopura Bestari, SMK Narinang Kota Belud, SMK Badin Tuaran, SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu, SMK Tenghilan in Tuaran, SMK Sook in Keningau, SMK Gunsanad Keningau and SMK Pinawantai Kudat.

From the total number of candidates who sat for the STPM in 2016, 158 candidates scored a pass of 5P, followed by 4,138 with a pass of 4P, there were 1,025 who obtained 3P, 585 who had 2P and 338 with 1P. There were 31 students who scored a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.00 in 2016, compared to 12 candidates in 2015.

“Three of them were from the Science Stream and 28 from the Humanities Stream,” said Maimunah.

Outstanding students with 4.00 are Norzaina Amin Kadda (Maktab Sabah), Newton Tham Vun Ket (SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu), Goh Wang Siang, Liaw Chiew Yii, Wong Jia Jiah Marianne and Chia Wen Kok of Sek.Tinggi Kota Kinabalu. Junaidi Manja (SMK Sanzac Kota Kinabalu), Jimmy Liaw Jia Ching (SMK Putatan), Sheron Ivana Peter (SMK Membakut Beaufort) and Fazira Muslim (SMK Kota Klias Beaufort).


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STPM 2016 sees better overall results

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The 2016 STPM results are much better compared with the previous year.

Malaysian Examination Council (MPM) chairman Prof Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said 565 candidates scored a CGPA of 4.00 and another 16,263 candidates scored a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00 in the examination.

“With the increase in the percentage and number of candidates scoring CGPA of 3.50 and above, and 2.75 and above, I expect there will be a bigger chance for STPM 2016 leavers to be accepted into public universities,” he said Tuesday while announcing the 2016 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results here.

In 2015, 335 candidates obtained a CGPA of 4.00 while 14,263 candidates scored at least 3.00.

A total of 43,235 candidates sat for the examinations last year.

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565 Students With 4.00 CGPA In STPM 2016

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 28 (Bernama) — A total of 565 candidates of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) in 2016 scored the national Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 4.00 or four flat, an increase of 0.51 per cent compared to 335 candidates in 2015.

Malaysian Examinations Council chairman Professor Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said candidate performance in STPM 2016 showed an increase, with the national CGPA having risen to 2.71, as compared to 2.65 in 2015.

He said the number of those who scored a CGPA of 3.00 and above also rose to 16,263 students last year as compared to 14,263 candidates the previous year.

He added the number of candidates who obtained a CGPA of 2.75 and above had also risen from 20,359 students in 2015 to 22,407 students last year.

“With the spike in the number of candidates who scored a CGPA of 2.75 and above, I expect better chances for STPM 2016 leavers to gain entry into public universities,” said Mohamed Mustafa when announcing the STPM result analysis here today.

Mohamed Mustafa said the performance of the 43,235 candidates who sat for STPM 2016 surpassed all previous results since the STPM new modular was introduced in 2013.

In the meantime, he said a total of 11 candidates scored 5As in the five subjects taken, while candidates who took five subjects but scored four A’s stood at 47.

There were a total of 517 candidates who obtained four A’s in all four subjects taken, bringing the total number of candidates who obtained five A’s and four A’s in the STPM 2016 to 575 as compared to 339, the previous year.

Mohamed Mustafa said the national CGPA for science stream candidates was 2.73, while CGPA for social science stream stood at 2.71.


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