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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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STAM: Group Revision Helps Students Get Excellent Results

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

BAGAN DATUK, Jan 19 (Bernama) — Waking up in the early hours of the day to revise and coaching others who were weaker in their studies helped a student of Sekolah Menengah Agama Rakyat (SMAR) Irshadiah here achieved excellent results in the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) 2016.

These methods helped Wan Ahmad Arman Wan Zaidi, 19, from Rawang, Selangor achieved the mumtaz (excellent) level. He was only one of two students in his school to achieve such results.

Wan Ahmad Arman achieved ‘mumtaz’ in nine subjects and a ‘jayyid jiddan’ (very good) in one.

“I believe helping others revise also helped me remember the points,” said the son of a government pensioner.

He was speaking to reporters after a ceremony to announce the STAM 2016 results in Perak by the state Islamic Religious Affairs, Islamic Education and Personality Development Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Nizar Zakaria today.

Another student who achieved excellent results, Mohd Akmal Sohar, 20, from Klang, Selangor, said although he took the examination late and was older than his 60 classmates, he was proud that he managed to do well in the examination.

“I took the exam a year later because before this I was studying in a religious school in Klang. Thankfully, my method of group study and frequently consulting the teachers when I did not understand something enabled me to get excellent results,” said the son of an assistant administrator in a government agency.


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STAM 2016: An Increase Of 1.3 Per Cent In Candidates Obtaining ‘Mumtaz’ Grade (Excellent) 10 Subjects

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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PUTRAJAYA, Jan 19 (Bernama) — The number of candidates obtaining the Mumtaz (Excellent) grade in the 2016 Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examination rose by 1.3 per cent to 537 candidates compared with 444 candidates in 2015, according to the Education Ministry.

The ministry said in a statement on the STAM achievement analysis today that the number of candidates obtaining the Mumtaz grade for all 10 subjects rose by 0.35 per cent or 80 candidates in 2016 compared with 54 candidates in 2015.

A total of 8,784 candidates registered for the STAM examination in 2016 compared with 8,982 candidates in 2015, a decline of 182 candidates.

“The number of candidates who succeeded in obtaining the STAM certificate in 2016 rose by 75 candidates to 4,286 compared with 4,211 candidates in 2015,” said the Education Ministry.

Overall, the achievement by candidates in the 2016 STAM improved by 0.02 National Average Grade to 3.06 points in 2016 compared with 3.08 points in 2015.

The index used to show the achievement of candidates was the National Average Grade (GPN) where a smaller figure shows a better achievement.

The 2016 STAM examination result analysis issued by the Education Ministry showed that the group of students obtaining the Jayyid (Good) grade certificate improved by 0.3 per cent to 2,004 compared with 1,929 candidates in 2015.

Those obtaining the Jayyid Jiddan (Very Good) and Maqbul (Pass) results showed a drop of 1.6 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively compared with the year 2015.

The Education Ministry said that in 2016, the number of candidates who did not qualify for the STAM certificate rose by 0.8 per cent to 2,108 compared with 2,002 candidates in 2015.

The analysis of STAM candidates’ performance issued by the Education Ministry showed the number of students who failed in all subjects rose by 0.23 per cent to 130 candidates in 2016 compared with 114 candidates in 2015.

According to the analysis by the Education Ministry, three of the five subjects in the Arab Language registered an improvement in the number and percentage of candidates obtaining the Mumtaz (Excellent) grade to the Maqbul (Pass) grade in 2016 compared to 2015.

The Education Ministry said STAM candidates could obtain their results from the respective schools after 10am today.

“Private candidates will be notified by post or they can contact the State Education Department where they registered for the examination,” it said.

Candidates can also use the 2016 STAM result checking service via mySMS 1588.

The service was activated from 10am today (Jan 19) and will end at 11.59pm on Jan 25.

Meanwhile, in PERAK 323 students or 61.17 per cent of the 528 candidates passed in 10 subjects in the 2016 STAM examination throughout the state.


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47,667 Candidates To Sit For STPM Examination Beginning Nov 7

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) — A total of 47,667 candidates will sit for the third term of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) 2016 examination at 705 examination centres nationwide, from Nov 7 to 10 and Nov 14.

A Malaysian Examinations Council (MPM) statement today said of the total, 47,098 are government school candidates, 296 from private schools, 260 individual private candidates and 13 state government schools.

Meanwhile, 50,865 candidates will sit for the first term 2017 STPM examination from Nov 15 until 17 and Nov 21 at 687 centres.

Of the total, 50,572 were government school candidates, 210 from private school, 72 individual private candidates and 11 from state government schools.

The repeat examination for the first term 1 STPM examination 2016 will be held on the same dates as the first term examination dates, involving 41,391 candidates.

The repeat examination for the second term STPM examination 2016 will be held from Nov 22 until 24 and on Nov 29 involving 40,289 candidates.

The November 2016 session of the Malaysian University English Test (MUET), will be conducted on Nov 5, at 487 centres, involving 45,498 candidates.

All candidates have been advised to take along their identity card and admission registration reports (LPKC) to sit the STPM examination and the MUET Registration Slip (MUET/D) for those sitting for MUET.

The statement6 said students can print their LPKC and MUET/D through the MPM portal and check information on their examination centres.

In the event of natural disasters like floods or landslides that result in candidates not being able to go to examination centres, they are advised to go to the nearest examination centres and report to the chief invigilator to enable them to sit for the examination on that day.


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