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443,883 Candidates To Sit For SPM Exam

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 (Bernama) — A total of 443,883 candidates will sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) written examination from Nov 6 to Dec 4, the Education Ministry said today.

It said in a statement that the candidates would sit for the examination at 3,363 centres throughout the country, and that 35,341 invigilators had been selected to conduct the examination.

Of the 443,883 candidates, 87 per cent are from government schools, government-aided schools and government-aided religious schools, 1.9 per cent from schools under agencies besides the Education Ministry, 1.9 per cent from state religious secondary schools, 0.4 per cent from people’s religious secondary schools, 3.4 per cent from private schools registered with the Education Ministry and 5.4 per cent, private candidates.

“The Examinations Syndicate reminds all candidates to refer to the examination time-table for information on the examination times as well as the directives to be adhered to during the examination.

“The time-table can be downloaded from the Examinations Syndicate website at lp.moe.gov.my,” it said.

BERNAMA.

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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.

By FANNY BUCHELI-ROTTE.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2017/10/290935/education-journey-or-race

Sabah school records top results

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Hendry (centre) with the team of Form Six lecturers at the school.

Hendry (centre) with the team of Form Six lecturers at the school.

SMK Nabawan, a school located some 200km from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, has recorded the best ever result for STPM in 2016 which saw increases in both the passing rate and school grade point average.

“We achieved a 96.6% passing rate in 2016, the highest since the school commenced Lower Six classes in 2011.

“The school Grade Point Average (GPA) also increased every year from 1.40 in 2012 to 2.37 in 2016,” said school principal Hendry Anandan.

Sports Science and Visual Arts recorded 100% passes while Malay Language, History, Geography, Sports Science and Malay Literature, recorded an improved grade point average in 2016 compared to the previous year. History in particular has recorded a better grade point average five years in a row.

The top student, Jack Joseph, scored 3As and 1A- with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.92. This ranks him among the best STPM candidates in the state.

“What is more remarkable is Jack managed to achieve his success while caring for his late father who was hospitalised for a period of time last year. This is certainly an inspiring example for other students,” said Hendry.

Besides academic success, SMK Nabawan also achieved a first in co-curricular activities by winning the overall championship in the Sabah state level Form Six Special Carnival in September 2016. This was where Jack displayed his all-round ability by being crowned as the best speaker in the public speaking competition. In addition, the school won the Team Chess and the Song and Dance Choreography events to emerge overall champions.

“Good support by the parents and community played an important part in the success of the students. “For example, the good turnout by parents during Meet the Clients Day and also contributions by the parent-teacher association for school programmes.”

Hendry also congratulated the dedicated team of Form Six lecturers for their outstanding work in moulding the students to become achievers in both academic and co-curricular fields.

“I pray they will achieve even better success in the coming years,” he added. He also recorded his appreciation to former Senior Assistant of Form Six, Alvin Chan Seng Chai for his services.

Jack, who is currently working in the peninsula to save money for further education, expressed his thanks to his family and teachers for helping him to achieve success.

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2017/03/26/sabah-school-records-top-results/#cMW4M0dtVi4flawV.99

Going the extra mile

Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Yallene (seated left) showing her SPM result slip to Pandiyan, Pathma, Kanimolly and Kaaviyaan at their family home.

Yallene (seated left) showing her SPM result slip to Pandiyan, Pathma, Kanimolly and Kaaviyaan at their family home.

FORMER fifth former P. Yallene went the extra mile when she scored A for Tamil Literature in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year, although the subject was not taught in her school.

Now 18, the former SMK Taman Tasek Mutiara student also turned out to be the school’s top SPM scorer by scoring 5A+, 5A and an A- in the exam.

Although much of her success in the Tamil Literature subject is attributed to the fact that the school does teach Tamil Language, which she scored an A+ in, Yallene said she would not be able to pull off the feat without guidance and proper revision.

“We have four periods, or two hours of Tamil language subject taught in the school every week, but the teaching covers grammar and essay writing.

“To get assistance in Tamil Literature which covers novels, poems and drama, I asked for advice and extra lessons from the Tamil language teachers.

“I’m thankful for having Ms. Prema and Ms. Uma Devi in school for their help,” she said in an interview at her home last Tuesday.

Yallene also said that due to the new format in Tamil Literature introduced last year, there was little reference that she could obtain outside of school.

“There are no past-year exam questions to try out. Even reference books are limited at bookstores.

“I’m glad for the help and support from everyone in guiding me,” she added.

Asked about her secret, she said studying hard and paying attention was key, besides the willingness to always seek help from teachers.

“I also attended tuition for all the subjects, seven days a week.

“It was very tiring, but the reward is worth it,” she said.

Yallene said she has applied for various scholarships including from the Public Service Department. She hopes to pursue medicine and become a doctor.

Her parents who are both teachers also expressed pride in her success.

Her father A. Pandiyan, 47, who is a Maths teacher in SMK Simpang Ampat said he was happy with Yallene’s success and hopes that she will never give up learning her mother tongue.

by LO TERN CHERN
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14 from SMK Tawau get excellent results

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

TAWAU: Fourteen students of SMK Tawau achieved excellent results in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2016 examination, with Mohd Syafiz Qayyum Jamihil @ Jamil one of the best students in Sabah for obtaining 6A+ and 4A’s.

Mohd Syafiz Qayyum, who was accompanied by the school headmistress, Fitriani Binti Wahid, flew to Kota Kinabalu to receive his certificate from the Education Ministry Thursday.

The other 13 top scorers were Endry Yusuf Mohd Ali (1A+, 4A, 5A-), Ho Li Vun (3A+, 5A, 2A-, 1B+), Muhammad Fadlih Baharudin (3A+, 4A, 2A-,1B), Muhammad Ismula Ikhwn Kassim (2A+, 3A, 4A-), Zainab Yusuf (3A+, 4A, 2A-, 1B+), Nur’ Nashatul Abu Bakar (5A+, 4A), Nur Farah Ain Natasha Nicholas (5A, 4A-,1B), Sim Shiang Yung (1A+, 6A, 1A-, 1B+, 1B), Nur Fadillah Mohamad@Dukah (4A, 4A-,1C+), Nur Syahirah Alim (7A, 1A-, 1B+), Nur Fatimah Yusran (4A+, 3A, 1A-, 2B+), Nur Anis Syahirah Ashari (2A+, 4A, 2A-, 2B+) and  Aida Farhana Alias (6A, 2A-, 1C+).

The school has achieved an overall passing rate of 96.25 per cent (GPS 4.19) in SPM 2016 compared to 94.27 per cent (GPS 4.52) in 2015.

The number of candidates who sat for SPM 2016 was 293.

“I urge the candidates for SPM 2017 to study diligently in order to obtain excellent results in the examinations,” Endry said.

Ho said that all students should have their own target in order to achieve excellent results.

Having a clear target is very important to achieve their ambition in the future.

Meanwhile, six students of SM Holy Trinity, Tawau, scored excellent results in their SPM 2016 with an overall school passing rate of 81.31 per cent compared to 78.89 per cent in 2015.

The school excellent headmistress, Chow Yuet Lee, said there were 112 candidates who sat for the SPM and only 87 of them passed.

The overall school average grade (GPS) was 5.69, a slight increase of 0.14 from 5.83 in 2015.

The top scorers were Nur Jannah Binti Sarkansah (straight 10As), Rashiema Nurfarain Binti Rasid (8A’s), Mimi Khairunnisa Binti Zachary (8A’s), Macklern Norbert (5A’s), Nur Syahirah Bt Suriansah (5A’s) and Tsen Jing Jing (5A’s).

Read more @ http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/03/18/14-from-smk-tawau-get-excellent-results/

SPM: Sabah scores better

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah recorded a state average grade (GPN) of 5.64 for the 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), bettering its 2015 achievement.

State Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said in 2015, Sabah had recorded a GPN of 5.66, which is an improvement of 0.02. The lower the points, the better.

In 2016, a total of 33,581 candidates sat for the examination compared to 31,691 students in 2015.

The number of students who passed all subjects also witnessed an increase of 0.16 per cent with 16,321 candidates or 48.6 per cent compared to 15,352 candidates or 48.44 per cent in 2015.

However, the number of students scoring all As (A+, A and A-) dipped from 142 in 2015 to only 113 last year.

“A total of 57 subjects were sat by SPM candidates in 2016 in Sabah. Of this number, we managed to maintain a 100 per cent pass in 24 subjects.

“Among these subjects are Literature in English, English for Science and Technology, Automobile Servicing, Motorcycle Servicing, Multimedia Production and Computer Graphics,” she said during the announcement of the results at SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah, near here, Thursday.

Her text was read by Deputy State Education Director Datuk Dr Mohd Kassim Mohd Ibrahim.

According to her, four core subjects – Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Studies and Science – also charted an improvement in the Subject Average Grade (GPMP).

The other three core subjects, namely Moral Studies, History and Mathematics, had witnessed a GPMP decrease.

She named SM Sains Kota Kinabalu with a School Average Grade of 2.49 as the best school, while SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.50) and SM St Michael, Penampang (2.50) rounded off the top three.

SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah, Kota Kinabalu which registered 3.44, SM Ugama Islamiah, Tawau (3.44), SMK Perempuan, Sandakan (3.67), SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu (3.73), Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Sabah (3.86), SMA Al-Irsyadiah Marakau Ranau (3.97) and SMK Agama Ranau (3.99) completed the list of top 10 best schools in Sabah.

SMK Agaseh Lahad Datu’s Gan Min Hong topped the list of best students in Sabah with 8A+ and 3A, followed by Aerissa Hui Yan Yue (7A+, 2A, 2A-) from SM Sung Siew Sandakan in second place.

Read more @ http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=116485

Improvement in overall SPM results

Friday, March 17th, 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Candidates who sat for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) last year did better overall compared with 2015, even when fewer of them scored straight As, said the Education Ministry.

Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said 8,647 or 2.13% of the 434,535 candidates obtained A+, A or A- in all of their subjects, which is a slight drop compared with 2015, where 9,721 or 2.38% scored the same results.

“There has also been a drop in the number of candidates with straight A+,” he said when announcing the SPM 2016 analysis at the Education Ministry yesterday.

In 2015, 163 candidates (2.6%) had perfect A+ but it dropped to 102 (1.94%) this time around. Fewer candidates registered for SPM 2016, with 434,535 versus 440,682 for SPM 2015.

However, Dr Khair added that even though fewer candidates obtained straight As, overall they did better when viewed using the National Grade Average (GPN).

The latest GPN is 5.10, which is better than the previous year’s of 5.15, he said.

GPN scores range from 0 to 9.

“A smaller GPN means that candidates did better (in the examinations),” Dr Khair explained, while adding that the performance gap between rural and urban candidates has also shrunk.

Dr Khair attributed this improvement in rural areas to dedicated teachers who embraced better teaching and learning processes there.

He said the English Language was one of the core subjects that had a better Subject Average Grade compared to 2015.

When compared to the previous year, the average grade for the subject improved to 5.99 from 6.08.

Examinations Syndicate director Dr Aliah Ahmad Shah said the syndicate has always maintained the same format and standard for all national examinations.

The drop in the number of As does not reflect a drop in the quality of the examinations, she said.
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Ten students in Sabah get straight As in SPM

Friday, March 17th, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Ten students in Sabah achieved straight As in at least nine subjects when the results of the 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations were announced yesterday.

The top scorers are Gan Min Hong of SMK Agaseh Lahad Datu with 8A+, 3A, Aerissa Hui Yan Yue of SMK Sung Siew Sandakan with 7A+, 2A, 2A-, Kou Tzer Shawn of SM Lok Yuk with 7A+, 2A, 1A-, Shuyi Wong of SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu with 7A+, 2A and Linus Kou of SM Tinggi Kota Kinabalu (7A+, 2A).

The other five are Nur Syafiqah Abdul Rahman of SMK St. Patrick Tawau with 6A+,4A, Mohd Syafiz Qayyum Jamihil of SMK Tawau with 6A+,4A, Myson Peter Junior Libamin of SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu with 6A+,4A) Bredeca Esther Anthony of SMK Tamparuli with 6A+,4A and Abigal Ashwini Murali of SMK Balung Tawau with 6A+, 3A,1A-.

Gan Min Hong is understandably happy but admits she never expected to be among the top SPM students in Sabah. “My target was to get all As in the 11 subjects that I sat for but never did I imagine becoming a top student,” said the aspiring dentist.

The third of four children, Gan looks up to her two elder sisters as role models because both of them also achieved 12As and 11As for their SPM examinations.

Gan’s study tips are to study in groups, revise her subjects regularly at home and to pay close attention in class. Mohd Syafiz Qayyum Jamihil attributes the top scorers of previous years as his inspiration to aim high.

“Every year I see the SPM top scorers aired on TV and in the newspapers which inspired me to aim to be like them too. But getting my results today is still like a dream for me, to be among the top SPM students in Sabah.

“I am happy because all my hardwork has not been wasted. Nothing is impossible if we work hard and my success is not mine alone but my teachers, my parents and my friends who have constantly supported and encouraged me,” he said.

Mohd Syafiz prefers to study between 2am to 5am when all is quiet and there are no interruptions. “I like to share and often act as ‘teacher; when studying with friends. It’s a good way to study because it helps me to understand the subject better and remember what I’ve learned,” he added.

He plans to pursue his studies in engineering in Japan as he admires the country’s high regard for discipline. An all-rounder, Mohd Syafiz is also active in sports and uniformed bodies.

“There must be a balance between academics and sports so we remain active and excel in whatever we venture,” he said.

by MARRYAN RAZAN

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/14273

Sabah sees improved GPN in SPM

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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The top scorers and the other candidates of SPM 2016

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has recorded a slight improvement in the national average grade (GPN) in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results.

The SPM 2016 results in Sabah were announced by State Education deputy director, Datuk Dr Mohd Kassim Mohd Ibrahim on Thursday at SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah here.

Sabah recorded a GPN of 5.64 compared to 5.66 the previous year, which is a drop of 0.02, where lower GPN indicates better performance.

“Last year’s SPM recorded 16,321 or 48.60 per cent candidates passing all subjects, which is an increase of 0.16 per cent from 15, 352 candidates or 48.44 per cent in 2015, and 113 candidates obtained excellent results (Grade A+, A, A-),” said Sabah Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul, whose speech was read by Dr Mohd Kassim.

A total of 33, 581 candidates had taken the SPM examinations in 2016, compared to 31, 691 candidates the year before, which showed an increase of 1,890 candidates.

Out of the 57 subjects taken by the candidates in Sabah, 24 subjects came out with 100 per cent passing rate and four out of seven foundational subjects showed an increase in terms of quality.

This was indicated by the subject average grade (GMP) of Bahasa Melayu (4.94 in 2015 to 4.82 in 2016), English (6.81 in 2015 to 6.72 in 2016), Pendidikan Islam (5.47 in 2015 to 5.13 in 2016), and Science (5.46 in 2015 to 5.24 in 2016).

SM Sains Kota Kinabalu was named the number one school in Sabah for last year’s SPM, with a school average grade (GPS) of 2.49, followed by SM Sains Lahad Datu (2.50), SM St Michael Penampang (2.63), and SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah Kota Kinabalu and SM Ugama Islamiah Tawau both with a GPS of 3.44.

by DEIDRE ILONA ANDREW.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/14272

Education Ministry satisfied with 2016 SPM exam results

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

ALOR SETAR: The Education Ministry is satisfied with the results of the 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams despite a slight decline in the number of students scoring all As.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) said this was based on the National Grade Point Average (NGPA) achieved this year, which was 5.10 compared with last year’s 5.15.

He, however, acknowledged there were certain areas that have to be looked into especially in the higher order thinking skills (HOTS) questions in the SPM exams.

“We have undergone three years of SPM examinations where 25% is based on HOTS since 2013. We will look and study the results so that we can work on the weaknesses,” he told a press conference during his visit to SMK Kubang Rotan here Thursday.

Mahdzir, however, said that those who failed to obtain straight As, will still have a fair chance to further their studies.

Earlier, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said 8,647 candidates (2.13%) obtained straight As, a slight drop from 2.38% (9,721) in 2015.

It was announced that the 2016 SPM results recorded a National Grade Point Average (NGPA) of 5.10.

by SHARANPAL SINGH RANDHAWA
Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/16/education-ministry-satisfied-with-2016-spm-exam-results/#cskWfqy5uyJ2tXhW.99