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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 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).

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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.


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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

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 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.

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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.

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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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