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Sabah’s 2017 STPM results better

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

PUTATAN: A total of 6,514 candidates (98.55%) in the 2017 Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examination in Sabah last year attained full passes.

According to Sabah Education Department director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul during the announcement of the State result of the 2017 STPM examination at SMK Putatan yesterday, there was an increase in the percentage pass as compared to  2016 (98.16 percent).

She added that a total of 6,610 candidates sat for the examination last year as compared to 6,361 candidates in 2016.

The examination were offered at 99 centres statewide.

Maimunah, who was represented by Education Department deputy director Datuk Dr Kassim Ibrahim also said that the 2017 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) was 2.66 as compared to 2.58 in 2016.

She also said that the gap in the CGPA between Sabah and the country had decreased from 0.13 in 2016 to 0.10 last year.

“This signifies Sabah’s improved performance,” she said.

The number of candidates attaining 5P’s in the examination has also increased from 158 (2.48 percent) in 2016 to 216 people (3.27 percent) in 2017.

There was also an increase in the number of candidates attaining 4P’s (4,344 candidates in 2017 as compared to only 4,138 candidates in 2016) and 3P’s.

Improvements in performance were also seen in 11 subjects out of the 21 subjects offered in the STPM in Sabah last year.

These were Bahasa Melayu (88.46 percent passes), Bahasa Cina (75 percent), Bahasa Arab (73.61 percent), Kesusasteraan Melayu Komunikatif (85.22 percent), Syariah (91.27 percent), History (92.80 percent), Geography (86.20 percent), Economics (76.51 percent), Accountancy (82.39 percent), Biology (63.84 percent) and Sport Science (97.73 percent).

She also said that 59 schools offering STPM last year succeeded in attaining 100 percent passes in the examination as compared to 53 schools in 2016.

She added that under category 1 (1-49 candidates), a total of 19 schools achieved the 100 percent students’ passes mark. They were SMK Kunak Jaya, SMK Merotai Besar, Sekolah Tinggi Kota Kinabalu, SMK Kota Klias, SMK Gadong, SMK Kinarut, SM La Salle, SMK Tenghilan, SMK Weston, SMK Agama Tun Sakaran, SMK Sri Nangka, SMK Pekan Kuala Penyu, SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu, SM Lok Yuk Likas, SMK Menumbok, SMK Sook, SMK Benoni, SMK Beaufort II and SMK Perempuan Likas.

Under category 2 (50-99 candidates), the schools that attained 100 percent students’ passes in the examination were SMK Madai, SMK Usukan, SMK Kunak, SMK Agaseh, SMK Pekan, SMK Beluran, SMK Tagasan, SMK Majakir, SM All Saints, SMK Narinang, SMK Sandakan II, SMK Arshad, SMK Kinabutan and SM Ken Hwa.

While under category 3 (schools with 100 and above candidates), the schools that attained 100 percent passes were SMK Tamparuli, SMK Muhibbah, SMK Putatan, SMK Bugaya and SMK Gunsanad.

by Jenne Lajiun.

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Student uses smartphone improve on her studies

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

PUTATAN: One of Sabah’s top 39 students, Vivianty Mayok, has revealed that she used her smartphone to help her in her studies.

“I do a lot of research using my smartphone, especially for the General Knowledge (Pengajian Am) and Bahasa Melayu subjects since both focus a lot on current issues,” she told press members at SMK Putatan yesterday.

Vivianty, from Kolej Tingkatan Enam Kota Kinabalu, said that using the technology had helped a lot in her studies. She added that she hoped to become a teacher one day and planned to apply to go into the teachers college in Perak, Kuala Kangsar.

SMK Putatan’s Sport Science lecturer, Ferdinand Saidol Muntoh, shared that his students were reaping the benefits of using the present technology in their quest for knowledge. He explained that through the use of websites, such as YouTube, his students were able to learn more than just through reading books.

“They could see how things work and it helps tremendously in their learning,” he said.

He added that he also used his smartphone to help him explain things better to his students while in class. And, with the help of technology, he said his students were able to present their findings to their peers in class – a method that not only raises their confidence in public speaking but also help them become better at communicating their ideas to audience.

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Over 98 per cent STPM 2017 candidates from Sarawak, Sabah qualify for cert

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

KUCHING: A total of 5,055 Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) 2017 candidates from Sarawak (98.17 percent) are qualified to receive their certificates.

A total of 51 students or 0.96 per cent of Sarawakian candidates scored the maximum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 for STPM 2017.

A total of 1,726 or 33.59 percent scored CGPA 3.00 or more, compared to 1,428 or 29.94 percent from the previous year.

On school achievements,  24 schools in Sarawak exceeded the GPA 2.80, compared to only four in 2016.

SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu was named the school with the best performance for STPM 2017 with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.35.

The other schools are SMK Kampung Nangka, Sibu; SMK Meradong , Meradong; SMK Chung Hua, Sibu; SMK Bako, Kuching; SMK Sungai Merah, Sibu; SMK Pusa, Betong; SMK St. Anthony, Sarikei; SMK Batu Kawa, Padawan; SMK Methodist, Sibu; SMK Bandar Sibu, Sibu; SMK Merbau, Miri; SMK Lanang, Sibu; SMK Long Lama, Baram; SMK Batu Lintang, Kuching; SMK Green Road, Kuching; MK Chung Hua, Miri; SMK Pending, Kuching; SMK Jalan Oya, Sibu; SMK Oya, Dalat; SMK Asajaya, Samarahan; SMK Tung Hua, Sibu; SMK Agama Limbang, Limbang; and SMK St. Joseph, Kuching.

Meanwhile in Sabah, a total of 6,514 candidates (98.55 per cent) in the examination attained full pass, which indicated an increase from previous year (98.16 per cent).

A total of 39 candidates achieved 4.00 CGPA.

The 2017 was 2.66 as compared to 2.58 in 2016.

There were 99 examination centres throughout the state. Fifty-nine schools succeeded in attaining 100 percent passes in the examination as compared to 53 schools in 2016.

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2017 STPM Results Out On March 6

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) — The results of the 2017 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination will be announced on March 6, said Malaysian Examinations Council chief executive Mohd Fauzi Mohd Kassim.

He said school candidates can obtain their results at their schools from noon on that day while private candidates will get them in the post.

“The candidates can also check their results through the short messaging system (SMS) by typing STPM RESULT and sending it to 15888.

“The results can also be obtained from the Malaysian Examinations Council portal,” he said.

A total of 43,042 candidates sat for the STPM last year at 700 centres throughout the country, with 42,694 (99.19%) from government schools, 204 (0.47%) from private schools, 136 (0.32%) being private candidates and eight (0.02%) from state government schools.


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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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