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SPM Masterclass to give students an edge in their SPM

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

THE Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the education system this year with many schools scrambling to cover the year’s curriculum via online channels to ensure that students will not be disadvantaged when they sit for their year-end examinations.

Even more so are the ones preparing for the SPM examinations as the results will forever impact their career choices. The one big lesson learned is that many now realise that physical limitation should not be a reason to hold them back from accessing quality education.

SPM is a once-in-a-lifetime hurdle most Form 5 students have to overcome. So for those who aim to make the best out of their efforts in Form 4 and Form 5 should not miss out and register for the first nation-wide online SPM Masterclass to be held this November.

Uni Enrol, in partnership with See Hua Daily News/ The Borneo Post / Utusan Borneo, is launching the inaugural SPM Masterclass for students taking the upcoming SPM in January 2021. It is designed for students to access the best teachers with the best techniques and insights so they can better prepare for the examinations.

Subjects covered

There are three packages, namely Essential Package, Science and Accounting Package and All-in-Package. The first two packages are priced at RM250 while the third package is offered at RM300. The price offer is limited to the first 1,000 sign-ups.

The Essential Package covers Bahasa Malaysia (BM), English, Sejarah and Mathematics (Maths) while the Science and Accounting one covers Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Accounting. The All-in-Package covers all eight subjects.

Classes start from Nov 6 to Nov 29 and are held online every weekend. The schedule is Nov 7 for BM, Nov 6 or 8 (Physics), Nov 14 (English), Nov 13 or 15 (Chemistry), Nov 21 (Maths), Nov 20 or 22 (Biology), Nov 28 (Sejarah) and Nov 27 or 29 (Accounting).

Essential classes are paired with science and accounting classes on the same weekend so it will not be too hectic for students. For Science and Accounting subjects, students have the option to attend the Friday or Sunday classes (repeat class). The lessons will be conducted in BM or English depending on the subjects and each class has a duration of four to six hours starting from 10am.

Students will receive printed class materials and digital copies before the classes. Printed materials will be couriered before the first class starts.

Experienced teachers

Teachers for the SPM Masterclass have been carefully recruited. Each educator has easily more than 10 years of specialising in their subject matter and are actively involved in many high-level activities appointed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). These activities include training of teachers at the district and state level, contributing to the development of the subject syllabus and providing hundreds of answering technique workshops and exam forecasting for thousands of students.

These are award-winning teachers with majority accorded with the title of Tokoh Guru and Guru Cemerlang by MOE for their contributions to the education landscape of Malaysia.

With their deep understanding of the syllabus and exam schemes, over the years they have also developed their own techniques and strategies to tackle the examinations. They have a long-standing track record of helping countless students in their careers to achieve top scores in the SPM examinations.

Meanwhile, Uni Enrol is offering over 30 lucky draw prizes weekly to those who follow the scholarship matching platform’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/unienrol/ or https://www.instagram.com/unienrolmalaysia/.

Grand prizes such as an iPad 32GB, a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a G-Shock watch will also be in the running to win for students who registered for the SPM Masterclasses.

For more details about the event and how to register is available at https://unienrol.com/spm-masterclass or call 03-5613 7225 from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 6.00pm.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/16/spm-masterclass-to-give-students-an-edge-in-their-spm/

Most students happy with dates set by Education Ministry

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Candidates for major school examinations are happy with the new dates (see chart) given by the Education Ministry.

Form Five student Nura Hanesa Haslimi of SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur, now just wants to focus on sitting for SPM and finishing secondary school.

“I prefer the SPM to be held in January rather than February or March even though it means sacrificing my year-end holidays (for revision) and the New Year celebration.”

Worried that a delay in the exam could mean a later start to her tertiary education, Nura Hanesa was confident that students would have enough time to prepare.

A Form Five student from Selangor who declined to be named also preferred SPM to be held in January even though the new dates were “too near the school holidays”.

“Although online classes held during the movement control order (MCO) are helpful, it is not as effective as face-to-face learning.

“So having the exams in January gives us enough time to study and prepare, ” she said, adding that she was grateful to teachers who worked tirelessly to ensure their students’ academic progress and well-being.

Although she would have liked more time for revision, Form Five student Sudeepta Suresh Kumar from SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 does not want the ministry to delay the exam dates anymore as it will affect her college admission.

“I’d rather sit for the exam in January than to push it any further. We’ve already wasted nearly three months during the MCO.”

Another Form Five student who wanted to be identified as Nairobi, was glad the ministry finally announced the exam dates.

He hoped students would be able to complete the syllabus and revision in time.

“Conducting exams later would cause problems such as space issues for other students.”

Form Five student Jasmine Loh Velu from SMP (P) Methodist, Ipoh, said she was in no rush to sit for SPM.

“It is too near the holidays, which seems rather unfair to both students and teachers. I would love the extra time to catch up on all that I’ve missed during the lockdown instead of rushing through it, ” she said.

A teacher from Selangor said it would be best if exams were held earlier. Otherwise, the new batch of 2021 students and their teachers would have to start school later.

“Teachers welcome the move but please don’t keep us in the dark.

“Unless the ministry decides to start the 2021 schedule for the other secondary school students in March, I don’t think teachers who have to mark exam papers at the same time will be able to cope with next year’s classes, ” he said, warning that senior teachers could opt for early retirement due to the added stress and pressure of working non-stop.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/30/most-students-happy-with-dates-set-by-education-ministry#cxrecs_s

SPM, STPM, STAM exams postponed to 2021

Sunday, June 28th, 2020
The Education Ministry (MoE) has postponed the respective annual examinations to the first week of 2021.  -NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAHThe Education Ministry (MoE) has postponed the respective annual examinations to the first week of 2021. -NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH

KUALA LUMPUR: Candidates sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia will have more time to revise for their respective examinations.

The Education Ministry (MoE) has postponed the respective annual examinations to the first week of 2021.

In a statement today, MoE said Form Five students will sit for the SPM examination from Jan 6 to Feb 9 next year.

The examination was supposed to be held from Nov 16 to Dec 7 in 2020, but the Government had decided to postpone the examinations due to Covid-19 pandemic.

MoE said the postponement was to provide students ample time to study and prepare for the examinations.

“As the SPM examination for 2020 is scheduled to begin in the first week of 2021, the MoE has taken into account the need to reorganise logistics for the examination.

“This includes fixing the start date for the 2021 school session which will be announced soon,” MoE said.

The new STPM examination dates for Semester 2 and Semester 3 students, which were scheduled for November had also been postponed to Aug 12-18 (Semester 2) and March 1-9 (Semester 3) next year.

STAM which was to be held in October this year, will now be held from Feb 17-25, 2021, while the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia exams scheduled for May (Session 1) and October (Session 2) this year have also been moved to August 2020 and January and May 2021 respectively.

By Teoh Pei Ying.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/604223/spm-stpm-stam-exams-postponed-2021

SPM, STPM takers say ‘yes’ to shorter school holidays

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Students, mainly those sitting for the SPM and STPM examinations, have given their thumbs up to the change in this year’s academic calendar, saying it has “more pros than cons”.

The reason for this from most Forms Five and Six students was that they would get more time to revise their studies.

A Form Six student in Melaka, who wanted to be known as Yee, said he anticipated the changes due to the movement control order (MCO).

“It will help us regain the school days we missed over three months due to the MCO.

“As an STPM candidate, the extra days will be helpful as lessons are more effective in the classroom,” said the Kolej Tun Fatimah student.

The Education Ministry announced yesterday that the mid-semester school holidays for Semester Two will now be from Aug 20 to Aug 28 while the year-end holidays will be from Dec 18 to Dec 31, depending on the state.

The year-end holidays for schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu were reduced from 42 days to 14, while schools in Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya will have a 13-day break, the ministry statement said.

It added that the 2020 School Academic Calendar was amended to assist schools in planning the teaching and learning process.

The total number of days students will physically be in school will now be 168 days for all schools, it added.

Another Sixth Former, John Lee, said he could not concentrate on his studies and tests properly during the various stages of the MCO since its implementation on March 18.

While studying online was the new norm, “it is not the best learning mechanism for me”.

Form Five student Nur Farah Ali said the new academic calendar would benefit her in her preparation for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

One of her biggest challenges studying from home was her inability to clarify topics with her teachers and friends quickly, she added.

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim commended the move, as time was lost during the MCO period.“Many students have not experienced academic learning as teachers were not able to connect with them during the MCO. Now is the ideal time to catch up and make up for this lost time.

“In fact, teaching should have continued during the two week mid-term holidays in June as learning prior to that had been light and unchallenging,” she added.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan said the union was not consulted on details of the academic calendar.

He said that while the union believed the ministry had taken into account the interests of all parties when the calendar was drawn up, it hoped that the shorter year-end holidays would not create “other unnecessary problems”.

“My worry is the floods that often occur at the end of the year, putting many families in a difficult situation. This is why we reserve the year-end for holidays,” he added.

By SANDHYA MENON and REBECCA RAJAENDRAM.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/24/spm-stpm-takers-say-yes-to-shorter-school-holidays#cxrecs_s

Ensure students treated fairly

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

PARENTS are worried that the cancellation of the Semester 2 of the Matriculation Programme Examinations (PSPM) will affect STPM students’ chances of pursuing courses like medicine, engineering, accounting and other Science-based programmes.

The cancellation will affect the chances of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) students looking to get into these critical study programmes, said Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin, as there will be two sets of students competing for a place in the application of public university’s 2020/2021 intake.

“The 2019 STPM students must take three centralised examinations to pursue studies in public universities. The same batch of matriculation students have to sit for two.

“They’ve already sat for one exam but the other is being cancelled and replaced with only assessments and internal markings.

“This means that the PSPM students would only have sat for one centralised exam compared to the three STPM students would have to sit for,” he said.

Pointing out that the two different qualifying systems have resulted in an uneven playing field, he said the percentage of matriculation students given good courses and good universities has always been higher compared to STPM students.

Mak was commenting on the Education Ministry’s decision to cancel Semester 2 of the PSPM in light of the extended management control order (MCO).

The ministry said it decided to cancel the exam for the 2019/2020 session scheduled from April 27 to May 4 to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Aware that the results of PSPM would be used to apply for the 2020/2021 session intake in public universities, the ministry said results for Semester 2 examinations will be replaced by continuous assessments that have been carried out throughout the semester.

“This means that students’ final results will be calculated based on the combination of results from Semester 1 and assessments from Semester 2,” the ministry said in a recent statement. It added that the matriculation programme for session 2019/2020 ended on April 11.

Mak questioned if the matriculation students who were supposed to sit for the exam would be evaluated fairly in their assessments.

“Can it be guaranteed that the assessment of matriculation students will be done fairly?

“This is important as the students would not be sitting for the second exam.

“We must be just to the STPM students. Some of them even re-took papers to get better grades,” he said, adding that matriculation students also tend to get higher co-curricular marks – an important factor when applying to universities – compared to STPM students.

This, he said, is because matriculation students are marked at national level, whereas STPM students go through a district, state and national level marking system.

Hoping that some leeway could be given to STPM students, he said the ministry should allocate more seats for STPM holders with grades CGPA 3.9 and above.

“The universities should have qualifying tests for students to ensure that only those who are really qualified are eligible to secure a spot, irrespective of whether they came from the matriculation or STPM route.”

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, however, said the ministry’s decision was a fair approach.

“It is favourable for students who have been consistent in their work. It encourages consistency and penalises last minute work,” she said.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2020/04/26/ensure-students-treated-fairly

PT3 and UPSR cancelled, SPM postponed (updated)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Form Three assessment (PT3) and UPSR 2020 examinations have been cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination this year will also be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“The cancellation of the UPSR exams will not affect students’ assessment of their level of primary education as the assessments can be done in different ways, ” he said in a live address on RTM on Wednesday (April 15).

The UPSR results are commonly used as selection criteria for admission into boarding schools, religious secondary schools (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama), Mara Junior Science Colleges and the Royal Military College.

The ministry will therefore, he said, introduce a new assessment method that is not just focused on academic performance.

“The PT3 exam cancellation too will not affect students’ level assessment at the lower secondary level and a new assessment method will also be introduced.

“The results obtained from this method will be one of the selection criteria for admission to schools like boarding schools and technical schools, ” he said.

These results, he said, will apply to all government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and any educational institutions registered with the ministry.

Schools that are not registered with the ministry are encouraged to use the results as well.

The second-semester examination of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) will now be in August 2020, he said, while the third-semester examination will be in the first quarter of 2021.

He also said the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examinations will be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“We will ensure that under any circumstances, student access to teaching and learning will remain a priority, ” he added.

Noting that the delayed examinations will affect admission into higher education institutions, Radzi said the ministry and the Higher Education Ministry have agreed to postpone the admission dates for foundation, matriculation and diploma programmes to either July or August 2021, while degree programmes will be postponed to either September or October 2021.

On the reopening of schools, he said a decision will be made when the government is certain the situation is better.

“At this stage, reopening schools will only involve those sitting for public examinations, such as SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and international equivalents.

“We will announce the dates of the reopening of schools at least two weeks in advance, ” he said.

By SANDHYA MENON.

REad more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/04/15/pt3-upsr-cancelled-spm-stpm-3rd-semester-exam-pushed-to-q1-2021

Exam dates rescheduled

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has rescheduled centralised and other major examinations following the extension of the movement control order until April 14.

For the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam dates, the written portion will now be conducted in one phase from Nov 16 to Dec 7.

Originally, the first phase was to start from Oct 5-14 while the second phase was from Nov 2-19.

The Form Three Assessment (PT3) which is scheduled for Sept 28 to Oct 6 will see the Bahasa Malaysia and English Language papers held on Sept 28 and Sept 29 respectively.

However, the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination dates remained unchanged, said the ministry in a statement.

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Semester 2 examination which was initially scheduled for early May has been postponed to Nov 18,19,23 and 24 while the Semester 3 examination will take place as scheduled on Nov 3,4, 5,9 and 10.

The Semester 2 examination was rescheduled to give ample time for schools to manage the remaining second semester.

Separately, all public institutions of higher education (IPTA) must begin the second semester for the current academic year between April 27 and June 1.

The Higher Education Ministry said the decision was made following the extension of the MCO.

“The decision was made after an in-depth discussion with representatives from all IPTAs and private higher education institutions (IPTS) and taking into consideration several factors, ” it said in a statement.

The ministry said among the factors were the latest MCO period and directives regarding Covid-19, students’ safety and welfare, and the Hari Raya holidays which would start on May 24.

The ministry added that it had considered the readiness of higher education institutions to implement teaching and learning using a variety of methods, including online learning, and also the need to end the current semester and begin the new 2020/2021 academic year.

“The first semester of the new academic year is expected to begin in mid-October 2020, ” it said, adding that IPTS were free to choose their own dates based on their own academic calendars and taking into account the above factors.

“Based on this, IPTAs need to manage the return of their students to the campus and take into account the above factors.”

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/03/29/exam-dates-rescheduled

Sabah’s overall performance improves

Friday, March 13th, 2020

PENAMPANG: Sabah recorded an improvement in quality in the 2019 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination with a state average grade (GPN) of 5.38.

Sabah education department director, Dr Mistirine Radin said it dropped by 0.06 from the previous year’s GPN of 5.44, with a lower figure indicating better performance.

The passing percentage of students (for both Sejarah and Bahasa Melayu), however, saw a decline of 0.74 per cent, from 88.53 per cent in 2018 to 87.79 per cent last year.

Despite that, the number of students who passed all subjects with at least an E was 18,054 (53.83 per cent), which grew by 2.15 per cent from 2018’s record of 17,420 students (51.68 per cent).

“A total of 198 candidates managed to score As (A+, A, A-) in 2019, compared to 152 candidates in 2018, which saw an additional number of 46 students.

“Therefore, although the passing percentage dropped slightly, we have more candidates who scored distinction grade last year,” she said when announcing the results at SMK St Michael here on Thursday.

Also present were Sabah Minister of Education and Innovation, Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, and assistant minister, Jenifer Lasimbang.

The 2019 SPM which took place from Nov 5 to 28, saw 33,541 students sitting for the examination, which was lower than 2018’s 34,322 candidates.

Of the total 58 subjects taken in Sabah, 26 achieved 100 per cent passing rates including Literature in English, Grafik Komunikasi Teknikal, Additional Science, Usul Al-Din, English for Science and Technology, as well as several vocational subjects.

Four fundamental subjects also registered improvement in quality based on the subject average grade (GPMP) – Bahasa Melayu from 4.44 to 4.27 (0.17), English from 6.80 to 6.62 (0.18), Moral Education from 4.17 to 4.06 (0.11), and Mathematics from 6.12 to 6.11 (0.01).

SM Sains Sabah Kota Kinabalu remained the top school for 2019 SPM with a school average grade (GPS) of 1.70, followed by SMK St Michael Penampang with 2.23, and SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu with 2.51.

Other schools in the top 10 placing were SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah KK (2.52), SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.75), SM Islamiah Tawau (2.93), SMK Matunggong Kudat (3.59), SMK St Patrick Tawau (3.59), SMKA Mohamad Ali Ranau (3.61), and SMK Perempuan Sandakan (3.64).

Meanwhile, the award for schools recording the biggest improvement was given to SMK La Salle KK (1.37 leap in GPS), SMK Bongkol Pitas (1.03), SMK Weston Beaufort (1.00), SMK Kunak Jaya (0.89), SMK Abdul Rahim Kudat (0.79), SMK Bandau Kota Marudu (0.73), and SMK Ranau (0.71).

Best students in the 11 subjects category were Aina Zainatul Zakirah Ismail from SMKA Kota Kinabalu with 10A+, 1A; Jung Bing Heng Jensen from SMK Sung Siew Sandakan (9A+, 2A); Muhammad Aqlan Syahir Alimuddin from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 3A); Nabihah Habibon from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 3A); Nojuel JC Soluku from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 3A); Izyani Syahirah Alfian from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 2A, 1B+); and Teo Yu Jing from SMK Sung Siew Sandakan with 8A+, 1A, 2B+.

For students taking 10 subjects, the top six were Vesley Junior Villos from SMK St Michael Penampang (9A+, 1A); Brayn Chung Kok Jing from SMK St Patrick Tawau (9A+, 1A-); Christina Ku Pei San from SMK Tinggi Kota Kinabalu (9A+, 1B+); Andrea Faith Charlie from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 2A); Abigail Victoria Malakun from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 2A); and Florence Chiu Yan Yee from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 2A).

Best students for those who took nine subjects were Ahmad Uzair Hedzree from SMK St Patrick Tawau (9A+); Lo Yung Kang from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 1A); Vagish A/L Krishnan from SMK St Patrick Tawau (8A+, 1A); Kevalraj Singh Kreer from SMK All Saints KK (8A+, 1A-); Ryan Constantine Libamin from SMK All Saints KK (8A+, 1A-); Nathan Alexander Benny Duati from SMK La Salle (8A+, 1A); Wan Ahmad Azeem Najhi Wan Azizi from SM Sains Sabah KK (8A+, 1A-); and Aneezah Johnson from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 1A-).

The final award, for students with special needs, was given to Syeriefazrizan Norazman from SMK Badin Tuaran who attained 1A+, 5A, 1B; Nurhan Nasir from SMK Menumbok Kuala Penyu with 1A, 1A-, 1B, 1C+, 1C, 2E; and Nurul Aisyah Amil Hassan from SMK Merotai Besar Tawau who achieved 3A-, 2B+, 1B, 1C+, 1E.

“From the total of 211 schools that were involved in last year’s SPM, 60 were urban schools which recorded a passing rate of 88.77 per cent while the remaining 151 were rural schools with a passing rate of 87.43 per cent.

“This showed that the difference in percentage between urban and rural schools was low, which was 1.34 per cent,” she said.

By DK RYNI QAREENA.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/37274

Poor SPM results don’t mean the end of the world

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The future is in your hands as examinations are part of life. FILE PIC

LETTERS: EVERY year, less than two per cent of the nearly 390,000 students who sat the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam were considered high achievers. The remaining 98 per cent who did not score all As or missed an A for a single subject would feel miserable.

Scoring As does not guarantee success in life. Success is subjective and it differs from one individual to another.

The vast majority of students score mediocre results in SPM. Some go to college and technical institutes while others join the workforce or venture into business.

The ones who become successful do it through hard work, perseverance and self belief.

Your future is in your hands. No matter what you get for the SPM, it is not the end of the world.

Academic intelligence does not guarantee success.

Our school system only tests and grades students according to their academic prowess.

Academic intelligence does not take into account the multiple intelligences of students.

Just look at successful people in the country and in the world. Many were failures in school but had other extraordinary intelligence and skills that helped them succeed.

Creativity, good communication skills, talent, passion, hard work, perseverance, determination and a positive attitude are among the qualities they need to be successful.

Let us not equate success with money and wealth.

There is more to success, as illustrated in this anecdote.

A teacher once asked pupils what they wanted to be when they grow up.

Nearly all the children in the class listed all the professions of the world — doctor, teacher, lawyer, pilot and engineer.

One child, however, put up his hand and said that he wanted to be happy in life.

The teacher said the child had misunderstood the question.

The child replied that the teacher had misunderstood life.

That child grew up to be John Lennon of the Beatles.

Many are under the impression that good examination results will get them lucrative careers that will buy them happiness and success.

Money does not buy success and happiness.

Money can buy you a bed but not sleep. Money can buy you books but not education.

Money can buy you medicine but not health. Money can buy you luxuries but not entertainment. Money can buy you accessories and finery but not beauty.

Money can buy you religion but not salvation.

What is important in life is to be happy and make others happy.
External factors like success and wealth give you temporal happiness, but friendships, relationships and contentment give you love, joy, peace and lasting happiness.

So, those who are not high achievers in SPM, “lift your chin and walk tall, follow your heart, do what you think is best, believe in yourself and you will be happy and successful in life”.

by SAMUEL YESUIAH

Read more @ nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/03/572893/poor-spm-results-dont-mean-end-world

Sabah’s overall performance improves

Friday, March 6th, 2020

PENAMPANG: Sabah recorded an improvement in quality in the 2019 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination with a state average grade (GPN) of 5.38.

Sabah education department director, Dr Mistirine Radin said it dropped by 0.06 from the previous year’s GPN of 5.44, with a lower figure indicating better performance.

The passing percentage of students (for both Sejarah and Bahasa Melayu), however, saw a decline of 0.74 per cent, from 88.53 per cent in 2018 to 87.79 per cent last year.

Despite that, the number of students who passed all subjects with at least an E was 18,054 (53.83 per cent), which grew by 2.15 per cent from 2018’s record of 17,420 students (51.68 per cent).

“A total of 198 candidates managed to score As (A+, A, A-) in 2019, compared to 152 candidates in 2018, which saw an additional number of 46 students.

“Therefore, although the passing percentage dropped slightly, we have more candidates who scored distinction grade last year,” she said when announcing the results at SMK St Michael here on Thursday.

Also present were Sabah Minister of Education and Innovation, Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, and assistant minister, Jenifer Lasimbang.

The 2019 SPM which took place from Nov 5 to 28, saw 33,541 students sitting for the examination, which was lower than 2018’s 34,322 candidates.

Of the total 58 subjects taken in Sabah, 26 achieved 100 per cent passing rates including Literature in English, Grafik Komunikasi Teknikal, Additional Science, Usul Al-Din, English for Science and Technology, as well as several vocational subjects.

Four fundamental subjects also registered improvement in quality based on the subject average grade (GPMP) – Bahasa Melayu from 4.44 to 4.27 (0.17), English from 6.80 to 6.62 (0.18), Moral Education from 4.17 to 4.06 (0.11), and Mathematics from 6.12 to 6.11 (0.01).

SM Sains Sabah Kota Kinabalu remained the top school for 2019 SPM with a school average grade (GPS) of 1.70, followed by SMK St Michael Penampang with 2.23, and SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu with 2.51.

Other schools in the top 10 placing were SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah KK (2.52), SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.75), SM Islamiah Tawau (2.93), SMK Matunggong Kudat (3.59), SMK St Patrick Tawau (3.59), SMKA Mohamad Ali Ranau (3.61), and SMK Perempuan Sandakan (3.64).

Meanwhile, the award for schools recording the biggest improvement was given to SMK La Salle KK (1.37 leap in GPS), SMK Bongkol Pitas (1.03), SMK Weston Beaufort (1.00), SMK Kunak Jaya (0.89), SMK Abdul Rahim Kudat (0.79), SMK Bandau Kota Marudu (0.73), and SMK Ranau (0.71).

Best students in the 11 subjects category were Aina Zainatul Zakirah Ismail from SMKA Kota Kinabalu with 10A+, 1A; Jung Bing Heng Jensen from SMK Sung Siew Sandakan (9A+, 2A); Muhammad Aqlan Syahir Alimuddin from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 3A); Nabihah Habibon from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 3A); Nojuel JC Soluku from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 3A); Izyani Syahirah Alfian from SMKA Kota Kinabalu (8A+, 2A, 1B+); and Teo Yu Jing from SMK Sung Siew Sandakan with 8A+, 1A, 2B+.

For students taking 10 subjects, the top six were Vesley Junior Villos from SMK St Michael Penampang (9A+, 1A); Brayn Chung Kok Jing from SMK St Patrick Tawau (9A+, 1A-); Christina Ku Pei San from SMK Tinggi Kota Kinabalu (9A+, 1B+); Andrea Faith Charlie from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 2A); Abigail Victoria Malakun from SMK St Michael Penampang (8A+, 2A); and Florence Chiu Yan Yee from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 2A).

Best students for those who took nine subjects were Ahmad Uzair Hedzree from SMK St Patrick Tawau (9A+); Lo Yung Kang from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 1A); Vagish A/L Krishnan from SMK St Patrick Tawau (8A+, 1A); Kevalraj Singh Kreer from SMK All Saints KK (8A+, 1A-); Ryan Constantine Libamin from SMK All Saints KK (8A+, 1A-); Nathan Alexander Benny Duati from SMK La Salle (8A+, 1A); Wan Ahmad Azeem Najhi Wan Azizi from SM Sains Sabah KK (8A+, 1A-); and Aneezah Johnson from SMK St Dominic Lahad Datu (8A+, 1A-).

The final award, for students with special needs, was given to Syeriefazrizan Norazman from SMK Badin Tuaran who attained 1A+, 5A, 1B; Nurhan Nasir from SMK Menumbok Kuala Penyu with 1A, 1A-, 1B, 1C+, 1C, 2E; and Nurul Aisyah Amil Hassan from SMK Merotai Besar Tawau who achieved 3A-, 2B+, 1B, 1C+, 1E.

“From the total of 211 schools that were involved in last year’s SPM, 60 were urban schools which recorded a passing rate of 88.77 per cent while the remaining 151 were rural schools with a passing rate of 87.43 per cent.

By DK RYNI QAREENA.

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