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Being in arts, science stream doesn’t define our future

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
SPM students getting ready for their exam in Seremban. FILE PIC

SIJIL Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examinations start this month.

SPM is seen by many as the key factor in one’s future. The SPM papers are based on either science and arts stream. For some reason, some of us were put into the science stream and others, the arts.

There are students who fight their way into the science stream in the belief that it would bring them pride and respect from others, whereas the arts are seen as for those who were weak in their studies.

This perception is worsened by parents who believe this myth.

I was interested in physics and chemistry, which drove me to become a science student.

Students should see things from a different point of view and rebuke claims saying science is for top students, whereas the arts are for those who lag in their studies. After all, you do not need Biology or Add Maths to be a lawyer.

There are many people from the arts stream who excelled in school and their success has shaped them into wonderful individuals.

Nobody should be defined in such a way in the education system.

In this sense, the proposal by the government to abolish streaming should be well received.

Some parents should drop the mindset that being a straight A student will guarantee a bright future for their child, as other factors come into consideration.

There are many people who did not excel in school but became successful in life.

For example, Datuk Lat, who mentioned that he wasn’t a bright student, but succeeded through storytelling using drawings. He was also an arts student.

Let us wait and see what it is like for the new generation of students to be streamless.

By Gregory Kong.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2019/11/534679/being-arts-science-stream-doesnt-define-our-future

Merging STPM and matriculation: What are the questions that matter?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

WRITINGS about Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik tend to be quite polarised – some strongly negative, and some strongly positive or defensive.

As usual, the truth is somewhere in between. As with all leaders and politicians, our assessment should be objective, crediting good work, and offering constructive criticism for potential missteps.

Those with a somewhat one-sided view of Maszlee, but are still open minded, may find a recent interview he did to be insightful.

The interview in no way suggests that he is perfect or flawless, but the man does come across as someone who has the right attitude towards criticism, and whose passion for improving education is genuine.

To this end, perhaps the more we discuss concrete ideas about education – rather than engage in political polemics – the more we can help bring about the type of education the nation needs.

With this in mind, we can take a look at the latest developments in the STPM-matriculation debate.

The most interesting proposal on the table seems to be the one to merge both STPM and matriculation syllabi. In principle, this seems to be a step in the right direction.

This view is informed by the idea that there should be some standardisation and streamlining of the primary government-run route/s into public universities.

Having a single syllabus and set of standards will in principle level the playing field, and ensure a good level of consistency with regard to the requirements for entry into public university.

Such fairness is a significant and important step towards the meritocracy that so many understandably crave.

The STPM has long been known for having extremely high academic standards (though some say it is focused too much on rote learning). Even since my own school days half a lifetime ago, it had the reputation of being much harder than comparable international programmes such as the British A-Levels.

The perception seemed to be that  the STPM was the route taken most often by very smart students who could not afford private pre-university education, which in turn allowed easier access to an expensive private or overseas tertiary education.

Many of us were in awe of those who could do well in the STPM, even as most of them who achieved high scores but could not get some sort of scholarship ended up attending universities that were sometimes not considered as prestigious as overseas ones.

It is an open question as to whether the STPM needs to be as academically challenging as it is.

There is of course some sentimental value as to knowing that Malaysia’s public pre-university course has extremely high academic standards.

That said, some streamlining towards the standards of more established international educational systems would appear to be practical. After all, there seems little sense in a course being difficult merely for the sake of being difficult.

If the STPM and matriculation are merged, the new course should obviously not be too easy. Students must be fully prepared for the rigorousness of a proper tertiary education. The target should be a reasonable, well thought out medium, in line with contemporary international standards.

Maszlee also spoke of addressing the inequality of matriculation admissions, which is of course what started this entire debate.

Needless to say, having a 90% quota reserved for one ethnic group is highly controversial, and understandably so.

Moving forward, the oft repeated suggestion that any quota (if indeed one is necessary) should be based on financial need rather than on an ethnic basis, should be taken strongly into consideration.

I think if it turns out that not just 90% but 99% of students who end up qualifying under this quota based on financial need end up being from a single ethnic group, it would still feel more just than an ethnic based quota.

The most well thought out and nuanced piece I’ve read on the subject of designing (potentially segmented) quotas based on fair principles thus far was written by scholar Lee Hwok Aun.

His article details a number of different possible approaches, anchored on “principles of fairness and justice”, without being informed unduly by ethnopolitical concerns.

Maszlee – known for his willingness to engage his critics – recently extended an invitation to Umno vice president Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, who had (predictably) criticised Mazlee for being influenced by DAP Perak Youth chief Howard Lee.

Maszlee’s praise for the latter is of course well intentioned, but perhaps needn’t have been so public, as some people will politicise everything.

Again, Maszlee’s willingness to engage directly with critics like Khaled is in principle praiseworthy. It speaks to a brand of politics that is more open minded and dignified than what we’ve generally come to expect.

That said, this process of engagement must also be strategic. For one, it might not be best to hint that the best way to get a private invite to see the Education Minister (who should be a very busy man), is to write a scathing article about him in the press.

There’s nothing wrong with scathing articles and engaging with their authors, but one does not need to spend too much resources re-emphasising time and again that one is a magnanimous fellow who is open to talking to critics.

For one thing, given limited time and resources, this may detract from meetings with other people who are more eager to engage positively and have more constructive suggestions.

It is worth noting that Lee and Khaled are both politicians. Again, there’s nothing wrong with engaging with them – especially if one has all the time in the world.

But if one does not, it may help Maslzee’s cause to show how he is also meeting with actual experts, educationists and stakeholders – people who may otherwise feel like they are being ignored and thrown around like a football in a field full of politicians whose interests are less in education, and more in making political hay.

I believe Maszlee has the right intentions. Realising those intentions will likely become easier the more he visibly shows that he is focusing on the truly substantial questions with regards to Malaysian education.

By Nathaniel Tan
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What is Form Six?

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Form Six classes have started. Orientation programmes are going on. Students who have been offered places in Form Six are requested to register as early as possible in the respective schools.

Many out there are still undecided whether to do Form Six or not. For their benefit let us look at Form Six this week.

Students who have completed upper secondary education and SPM Examination are eligible to do Form Six, if they meet the general and specific terms for the respective streams for 3 terms.

There are two streams offered in Form Six education which are Social Science and Science.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The general requirement for entry into Form Six is pass SPM examination with credit in Bahasa Malaysia.

For students to qualify entry into the Social Science stream, the number of units for three best subjects must not exceed 12, as for entry into the Science stream, this number must not exceed 18 units while for entry into Religious Studies, it must not exceed 14 units.

All applications can be made online and candidates who do not get an offer can appeal to the respective State Education Departments.

DURATION OF STUDY

a. Term 1:  May to November

26 weeks including

Teaching and Learning

Coursework (for certain subjects)

Term 1 Examination (P1)

b. Term 2:  January to May

20 weeks including

Learning and Teaching

Coursework (for certain subjects)

Term 2 Examination (P2)

c. Term 3:  May to November

26 weeks including

Learning and Teaching

Coursework (for certain subjects)

Term 3 Examination (P3), Repeat Examination 1 (U1), and Repeat Examination 2 (U2)

Contents of the curriculum are divided into 3 sections according to grouping of topics or according to the suitability of the respective fields of study to accommodate the three terms namely, P1, P2 and P3 for a duration of the 1 ½ years course.

FORM SIX CENTRES

Form Six Centres Are Divided Into Three Modes:

Mode1: Schools with at least 12 classes of Form Six students only and the students are taught specifically by Form Six teachers who are appointed by MOE.

MODE 2: Schools with at least 12 classes of Form Six operating as part of the mainstream schools having their own block of classes or buildings. MODE 2 centres are under the administration of the mainstream Principal and the Form Six Administrative Assistant.

MODE 3: Schools with less than 12 classes or are located in the rural area, with no hostel facilities or public transportation and operate within the mainstream schools.

FORM SIX CURRICULUM

A total of 22 subjects are offered in the new assessment system of STPM.

However, the students could only select four or five subjects, including Pengajian Am which is a compulsory subject.

MUET is also a compulsory subject for all STPM students.

Subjects

General Studies

Malay Language

Chinese Language

Tamil Language

Arabic Language

Literature in English

Communicative Malay Literature

Syariah

Usuluddin

History

Geography

Economy

Business study

Accounting

Mathematics (M)

Mathematics (T)

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Sports Science

Visual Arts

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

It is compulsory for all Form Six students to be involved in the co-curricular activities.

10 per cent of the marks awarded will be based on the two highest marks obtained in the following areas:

Clubs/societies

Sports/games

Uniform bodies

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is conducted through term end centralised examination (weightage 60 per cent – 80 per cent) and coursework (weightage 20 per cent – 40 per cent). The percentage of weightage differs according to subject.

Students must sit for the term end centralised examinations P1, P2 and P3. Students are also required to do coursework.

Students will receive their examination results every term.

They can improve their P1 and P2 results by sitting for U1 and/or U2 examinations. Students must also complete the coursework.

The assessment and examination results of the students are based on the results they obtained in all three terms.

The overall STPM examination results are the best cumulative results of the 3 terms as follows:

Best Result [(P1 or U1) + (P2 or U2) +P3 + coursework]

FEES

Examination fees for four or/and five subjects are waived for all government schools and government aided school candidates with the exception of private school candidates and private candidates.

Career Information

If you are selected for Form Six, you are very fortunate.

Do you know Form Six is Free. If you do any other Pre-U you need between RM 12,000 – 40,000.

Again you cannot apply for any PTPTN loan. Which means that you need to pay with your own funds. Give it a good thought !

Read more @ http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/interest/138/what-is-form-six-/

STPM globally recognised

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

IF you’re aged 15 and above, the Malaysian Examination Council wants to help identify your aptitude and competency.

Career Prospects, or Prospek Kerjaya (PK), is a new psychometric test the council is encouraging students to take.

Council chairman Prof Datuk Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the test available on www.mpm.edu.my could help students choose the right career path as it allows them to get to know themselves better.

“The unique thing about this test is that it can suggest the appropriate field of study for the career that’s suited to you.

He was speaking during the announcement of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results in Seri Kembangan on Monday.

A total of 42,849 candidates – more than half of which were girls- sat for the exam nationwide.

Compared to 2017, the overall performance of candidates was better, said Prof Zul Azhar who is Universiti Malaysia Perlis vice-chancellor.

In the 2018 STPM exam, 74%, or 31,741 candidates, achieved full passes in five and four subjects, compared to 72% in the year before.

The most number of As – 3,568, came from the General Paper.

This was followed by Bahasa Melayu with 4,585 candidates getting the top grade. The third highest number of As were in History with 1,941 scorers.

He said the STPM’s standard is recognised by Cambridge Assessment International Education, a non-profit organisation from the United Kingdom.

“We collaborate closely with Cambridge Assessment to ensure that our exam is on par with its globally-recognised GCE Advanced Level certification.

“The council also makes sure that the STPM and the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is run according to the internationally recognised ISO quality management standard.

“MUET has also been aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) so the standard is the same as English language proficiency tests conducted in other countries,” he said.

He added that the council plans to enhance its collaboration with the United States’ International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA).

By Christina Chin
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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2019/03/17/stpm-globally-recognised/#FyzkW0fKzoQ8HJE3.99

Sabah chalks up best STPM record yet

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

BEAUFORT: Sabah has attained its best Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) record with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.69 in the 2018 examination.

It marked an increase of 0.03 compared to 2.66 in 2017.

Sabah Education Director Mistirine Radin said a total of 6,705 candidates (98.79 per cent) attained full passes which was a 0.24 per cent increase from 6,515 candidates (98.55 per cent) in 2017.

Last year’s examination which was held at 99 centres across Sabah saw 6,787 candidates, an addition of 176 candidates from 6,611 in 2017.

Speaking during the STPM announcement here Monday, she noted that the State’s CGPA recorded a 0.17 gap with the national CGPA of 2.86.

Out of 24 district education offices (PPD) in Sabah, she said 14 managed to attain the State’s CGPA with Kunak PPD achieving 2.99, exceeding the national CGPA.

“The number of candidates attaining 5P’s in 2018 increased to 282 (4.16 per cent) compared to 217 (3.28 per cent) in 2017 while students who scored 4P’s escalated from 4,344 (65.71 per cent) in 2017 to 4,556 (67.17 per cent) last year.

“Overall, the passing percentage increased from 98.55 per cent to 98.79 per cent and while one student failed in 2017, no candidate failed in last year’s STPM,” she said.

She added that improvements in performance were also seen in 12 subjects out of 21 offered.

They were Pengajian Am with 88.48 per cent passes, Bahasa Melayu (89.00), Bahasa Cina (84.62), Syariah (95.00), Usuluddin (93.27), Geography (86.91), Pengajian Perniagaan (82.02), Mathematics (48.43), ICT (95.59), Physics (69.73) Chemistry (68.13), and Visual Arts (98.05).

Out of 99 schools, 61 attained a 100 per cent passes, an increase from 59 schools in 2017.

Under Category 1 (1-49 candidates), 28 schools achieved the 100 per cent passes including SMK Merotai Besar, SMK Kunak Jaya, SMKUsukan, SMK Kota Klias, SMK Gadong, SMK Agama Mohd Ali, SMKAKota Kinabalu, SMK Kunak, SMK Segama, SMK Pekan Kuala Penyu, SMK Umas Umas, SMK Madai Kunak, SMK Kuala Penyu, and SMKAgama Tun Sakaran.

The rest were SMK Batu Sapi, SMK Benoni, SMK Menumbok, SMK Bum Bum, SMK Membakut II, SMK Tungku, SMK Desa Kencana, SMKKinarut, SMK Ken Hwa, SMK Kudat II, SMK Ranau, SMK Weston, SM Lok Yuk Likas, and SMK Penangah.

Under Category 2 (50-99 candidates), a total of 23 schools achieved 100 per cent passes namely SMK Tamparuli, SMK Sandakan II, KK High School, SMK Abdul Rahim, SMK Majakir, SMK Balung, SMKAgaseh, SMK Kundasang, SMK Pg. Omar, SMKA Limauan, SMKTagasan, SMK Beluran, SMK Pekan Kota Belud, SM La Salle, SMKBadin, SMK Kinabutan, SMK Arshad, SMK Sook,

Meanwhile, the schools that attained 100 per cent passes under Category 3 (100 and above candidates) were SMK Bugaya, SMKElopura Bestari, SMK Elopura II, SMK Sepagaya, SMK Lohan, KK Form 6 College (B), KK Form 6 College (A), SMK Kota Marudu, Tawau Form 6 College (A), and Tawau Form 6 College©.

According to Mistirine, 27 exam centres in urban areas attained passing rate of 99.20 per cent while 72 rural centres achieved 98.63 per cent.

“This proved that the passing gap between urban and rural schools have become smaller which was only 0.57 per cent last year compared to 2.15 per cent in 2017.

“The introduction of three Form 6 centres – in Kota Kinabalu, Tawau and Sandakan – may also influenced the improvement in 2018 STPMexamination.

“Apart from that, I also assume that teachers now have adapted better to the modular STPM or semester system which allows students to repeat their papers in the following semester in order to improve their results,” she said. She added that a total of 51 candidates achieved 4.00 CGPA last year, which escalated from only 39 candidates in 2017.

By DK RYNI QAREENA.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/29745

B40 students ace exams

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 70% of the country’s top students are from poor households.

Of the 666 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) candidates who achieved a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.0 last year, 489 were from the bottom 40% of households (B40).

The results were also an overall improvement compared to 2017 where only 485 candidates achieved a four flat.

“This is the first time we’re presenting awards to recognise the top five B40 students.

“We’ve also introduced a Malay Language Test for Foreigners award this year,” Malaysian Examination Council chairman Prof Datuk Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said when announcing the results here yesterday.

During the event, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik presented awards to 20 top performers in the examination.

Describing the results as excellent, he said the country’s inclusive education system celebrates everyone’s success including the disabled, poor and orang asli.

“We hope that our students excel not only academically but in all areas they’re involved in,” he said.

Dr Zul Azhar said the number of candidates with a CGPA of 3.50 and above rose from 6,408 in 2017 to 7,129 last year.

“Overall, the 2018 candidates performed better in almost all subjects compared to the year before.

“There were also more As and the performance gap between the rural and urban candidates was narrowed.

“With the improved CGPA, we expect a higher number of STPM students entering public varsities,” he said.

All 22 subjects offered, he said, saw 70% of candidates achieving grade C and above.

The number of full passes in Physics, Biology, and Information and Communications Technology, also rose compared to 2017.

A total of 42,849 candidates sat for the exam. Only 10.7% sat for science stream subjects. The rest were social science candidates.

The General Paper saw the highest number of candidates sitting for a subject.

Dr Zul Azhar said there was a slight decrease in the number of students who sat for science subjects.

“There are many options for those who have finished their SPM. Some might have gone abroad or to private higher learning institutions instead of taking the STPM,” he said, adding that there were 5,475 science candidates in 2017, compared to 4,566 last year.

He also announced that a new paper – Tahfiz Al-Quran STPM, would be offered in November.

This would enable students who sat for the subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) to continue their studies at tertiary level.

Candidates collected their results in schools from noon yesterday.

Private candidates will receive their results through the post.

Candidates can also check their results via SMS by typing STPM RESULT and sending it to 15888.

By Christina Chin
Read more  @
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/03/12/b40-students-ace-exams/#V0r4EAOuUyi9weKL.99

Students in special categories excel

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
That’s our girl: Nor Faiza Rosidin being congratulated by her proud parents Rosidin Doltas and Lizawati Kayan) at the STPM 2018 Award Presentation ceremony held at Palace of The Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur.

That’s our girl: Nor Faiza Rosidin being congratulated by her proud parents Rosidin Doltas and Lizawati Kayan) at the STPM 2018 Award Presentation ceremony held at Palace of The Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur.

SERI KEMBANGAN: A determined and hardworking Nor Faiza Rosidin, 20, is now one step closer to making a change in the orang asli community.

“I want to be an inspiration to other orang asli, especially all my younger siblings, so that we can be successful,” said the STPM graduate from SMK Abu Bakar, Temerloh, Pahang, who emerged as the best student under the orang asli category for STPM 2018 with a CGPA score of 3.83.

The eldest of five children born to rubber tapper parents, Nor Faiza from the Semelai tribe, said she wanted to show people that orang asli are also capable individuals.

“I want to be successful so that people won’t look down on me. It is not impossible to achieve your goal.

She hopes to enrol into Universiti Malaya and major in education, particularly in the field of special education.

Dhivya Janani Mariappan, 20, has seen her parents struggle as rubber tappers.

Dhivya Janani: Is happy her parents who have never left Kelantan were able to see her receive her award in Kuala Lumpur.

Using them as her motivation and drive to strive for a better life, Divya burnt the midnight oil and scored a CGPA 4.0.

She was one of 10 students across the country who emerged as best students for STPM 2018.

“I feel really proud.

“My parents have never left Kelantan but here they are today to watch me receive my award from the Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik himself,” said the SMK Dato’ Mahmud Paduka Raja (1), Tanah Merah, Kelantan student.

Dhivya aspires to become an accountant, and plans to apply to get into Universiti Malaya.

Connie Ong Hui May, 20, who is spastic, did not expect that she would emerge as the best student under the STPM 2018 special student category.

The graduate from SMK Oya, Sarawak, who lost her ability to walk when she was 10, said she was thankful to her friends and teachers who helped her through tough times.

“My teachers always made sure I was able to catch up with lessons, while my friends would help me get some classes located in places that are not accessible to me because I’m in a wheelchair,” said the art stream student whose mother passed away some years ago due to cancer.

“My father played a big role. He always finds time to drive me to and from school every day,” she said of her father who works as a van driver.

She said her secret to scoring a CGPA of 4.0 was to understand the syllabus thoroughly.

Conquering the odds: Connie flanked by her father Ong Hui May and brother Edison showing off her awards.

Conquering the odds: Connie flanked by her father Ong Hui May and brother Edison showing off her awards.

“Don’t memorise, it is better to understand. Towards exam time, I would study harder and understand the whole textbook – not leaving out a single detail,” she said, adding her motivation to study was her dream of enrolling into Cambridge University someday.

For the first time, the Malaysian Examination Council awarded recog­nition to five students from the B40 (low-income) category.

Muhammad Amin Mohd Rosdi from SMK Baling, Kedah said the recognition will motivate more students from the B40 category to study harder.

“I focused during lessons, I believe this is key in understanding your lessons.

“Time management is also important because you need to de-stress after revising,” said Amin, who did odd jobs while studying.

By Lee Chonghui and Sandhya Menon
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2018 STPM results on March 11

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The results of the 2018 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination (Malaysia Higher School Certificate) will be out on March 11, said the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC).

MEC, in its statement today, said that the candidates could obtain the results of the examination at their respective schools from 12 noon.

“For private candidates, the decision will be announced by post,” said the statement.

Candidates could also check their 2018 STPM results via mySMS 15888 by typing STPM RESULT (space) Identity card number.

‘’Checks can also be done online through the MEC portal at http://www.mpm.edu.my starting from 12 noon on March 11, “said the statement.

A total 42, 849 candidates sat for the 2018 STPM examination last year at 677 centres throughout the country.

BERNAMA.
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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.

Read more @ http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/03/07/sabahs-2017-stpm-results-better/

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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