Improvement in overall SPM results

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

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.


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Sabah sees improved GPN in SPM

March 17th, 2017


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.


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Education Ministry satisfied with 2016 SPM exam results

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.

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SPM Results, Weaknesses To Be Analysed, Improved – Mahdzir

March 16th, 2017

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ALOR SETAR, March 16 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry will analyse each Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) subject, specially to identify the weaknesses of students in answering Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said, this followed the decline in the overall number of students scoring A+, which stood at only 102 or 1.94 per cent compared to 163 (2.6 per cent) the previous year.

“In the 2016 SPM examination, we also prepared questions which contained 25 per cent HOTS elements which required the candidates to think, analyse and answer. The emphasis on HOTS will be continued and included in the subsequent examinations.”

He said this after observing the announcement of 2016 SPM results at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kubang Rotan here today.

HOTS was introduced in the Malaysian education system in 2013.

Meanwhile, Mahdzir said the ministry was satisfied with the overall SPM performance as there was an increase in the National Average Grade (GPN) Index, with 5.10 compared to 5.15 in 2015, he said.

In the 2016 SPM, 8,647 out of 434,535 candidates (2.13 per cent) scored all As (A+, A, A-) compared to 9,721 in 2015.

The minister said he was also thrilled to see that the gap in SPM performance between urban and rural schools had also lessened.

Taking in the example of SMK Kubang Rotan as a rural school in Kuala Kedah, he commended on the improvement of the school’s SPM results, recording a 5.34 GPN compared to 6.11 in 2015.


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SPM 2016 Results: Better GPN Recorded With Improved Student Performance

March 16th, 2017

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PUTRAJAYA, March 16 (Bernama) — The 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results recorded a better National Average Grade (GPN) of 5.10 compared to 5.15 in 2015, said Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

“A lower GPN score indicates better performance by the students,” he told reporters when announcing the analysis of the 2016 SPM results here today.

He said out of the 434,535 candidates who sat for the SPM 2016 examination, only 8,647 or 2.13 percent scored A (A+, A, A-) in all subjects compared with to 9,721 candidates in 2015.

Some 102 candidates or 1.94 per cent obtained A+ this year compared to 163 candidates or 2.6 per cent in the previous year, he said.

“Although there was a marked decrease in Grade As, the GPN for all the subjects had increased significantly. This means the overall performance of students has increased, but those getting high grades (all As) had dropped.

“Overall, the students’ individual performance in the examination is much better this year,” he said.

A total of 434,535 candidates sat for the SPM 2016 examination compared to 440,682 in 2015, a decline of 1.39 per cent or 6,147 candidates.

Khair said 340,698 or 85.21 percent of the candidates qualified for the SPM certificate, 313,667 of whom were from government schools and 27,031 were from private schools.

Khair Mohamad said the achievement in 41 out of 73 subjects had shown improvement, while 28 subjects showed a decline and four subjects remained the same.

“The four core subjects, namely Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Studies and Science, showed improved performance while the other core subjects such as Mathematics, History and Moral Education recorded a decline,” he said.

Performance in Islamic Studies showed the highest score of 0.32 in GPN, and Mathematics showed the lowest performance of 0.29 in GPN, he said.

Achievements of candidates in urban and rural areas also improved, with rural students showing an increase of 0.08 in GPN, compared with their urban counterparts 0.05, he said.

Khair said, 510 or 58.42 percent out of 873 students with special needs also qualified for the SPM certificates.

Meanwhile, he said 214,971 successful candidates or 52.83 percent obtained the GCE O-Level certificate for English.


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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Conveys Heartiest Congratulations to recent SPM & STPM Achievers.

March 15th, 2017

Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah) on behalf of SIDMA Board of Directors and SIDMA Board of Management as well lecturers and staff congratulated the high achievers of the recent 2016 STPM, STAM, SPM and SPVM. In the same breath he also reminded the students to thank their loved ones; teachers, relatives and friends as all of them played a major part in their success.

Aside from that Dr Morni took the time to urge students who fell short compared to their friends, to not let their result hold them back. Examination is meant for them to set a high benchmark for themselves and as a stepping stone towards another phase of life.

To those who are looking forward to move to their next phase in life, Dr Morni advised them to consult with their parents, school counsellor, and even their trusted friends to determine paths that suit their future goals.

Furthermore, he also would like to cordially invite eligible students who are still undecided on where to go, or even what to pursue, to enrol themselves at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu. They would also be able to consult with Ms Melissa Markus Molijol; SIDMA College Student Counsellor to discuss about their studies and courses offered by the college.

SIDMA College has been appointed as UNITAR International Regional Centre for Sabah since 2002, and has since been working very closely with UNITAR Main Campus in Kelana Jaya Selangor Darul Ehsan to complement the local human capital needs in the this digital society, by creating and providing ideal environment for students to apply 21st century based learning; thus equipping them with much needed basic employability skills relating to problem solving skills, communication skills, high flexibility and adaptability, and more. The college offers accredited and marketable programmes for high school leavers.

UNITAR International University possess strong and significant network of academic collaborations, with both the academic and corporate sectors as well as industrial partners throughout the world; thus enabling the University to offer competitive study programmes which are professionally aligned with major industries players both at national and international levels. Such programmes are approved by the Malaysian Education Ministry and meet the high standards requirement by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). This in return ensure SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah to continuously produce marketable and successful graduates to meet the current demands.

UNITAR Sabah also prides itself as being the first private institution of higher learning in Sabah to introduce a blended learning model; offering a hybrid teaching model that combines the conventional face-to-face interactions with lecturers, tutors and students; and internet-based support systems which provide continuous interaction between students, lecturers, tutors and their friends globally. The rising use of this blended learning model has enable the college to provide quality education to different students in increasingly different contexts.

List of Academic Programmes offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah for 2017 New Intake:

  1. Foundation Courses:
    1. Foundation in Management.
  1. Diploma Courses:
    1. Diploma in Early Childhood Studies.
    2. Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (CUCMS
    3. Diploma in Paramedic Science (CUCMS)
    4. Diploma in Management
    5. Diploma in Retail Management.
  1. Bachelor Degree Courses:
    1. Bachelor of Education (Hons)
    2. Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (Hons)
    3. Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
    4. Bachelor of Business Management (Hons)
    5. Bachelor of Communication (Hons).
  1. Masters Courses:
    1. Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
    2. Masters of Education (Education Leadership and Management – ELM).
  1. Professional Qualification:
    1. Associated of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Various financial assistance are available. Students interested in pursuing their tertiary study in Foundation Programme, Diploma or Degree Level are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA Website or to call the hotline number, 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students can also visit our Facebook Page or drop by our SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Regional Centre at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu.

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Strengthen weak link in fight against child sex crimes.

March 15th, 2017

THE fight against child sexual crimes in Malaysia is gaining momentum. Well, that may be something of an understatement considering that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak himself has made it clear that the Government will go all out to stop these heinous crimes.

On Monday, an outraged and resolute Najib vowed to put an end to child sexual crimes in the country, and added that the efforts would start with the tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill later this month.

A special court would be set up to deal with such offences, he said when opening a two-day seminar that was part of a campaign called Jenayah Seksual Kanak-Kanak: Hentikan!! (Child Sexual Crimes: Stop It!!).

He emphasised that the Government would ensure the proposed law is effective, comprehensive and holistic.

That is a key point. Many initiatives kick off with the best and most heartfelt intentions, but to keep going, they must have sound strategies, a solid legal framework and smooth execution.

To deter child sexual crimes, it is important that the cases are investigated and the predators brought to justice. For that to happen, those in authority must know about the plight of the victims. And this is often the weak link.

According to the police, there were 7,862 cases of sexual crimes against children between 2014 and last year. That is an annual average of 2,620, and these are only reported cases.

It is reasonable to assume that many more such crimes have remained dark, hideous secrets. As long as child sexual crimes continue to be “silent crimes”, halting them is an uphill battle.

Patron of the Permata programmes Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who has been championing the cause and the Hentikan!! campaign, said at the seminar on Monday that it is the collective responsibility of society to promote awareness of these crimes.

As she pointed out, many cases go unreported because children were afraid and families want to protect their reputation and honour.

In his speech, Najib said many still failed to recognise the threat of child sexual crimes because the topic was “considered taboo or sensitive”.

“But it’s important to teach children what is appropriate and inappropriate, and that their body belongs to them alone,” he added.

Beyond that, children need to know what to do if they unfortunately fall prey to sex offenders. There is a lot for the victims to overcome, and they can do with all the help and support they can get.

Police statistics show that in almost 90% of the cases of sexual crimes against children, the victims knew the alleged perpetrators. That alone can be a huge deterrent against reporting the crimes.

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It’s unanimous – sex education, although taboo, is vital.

March 15th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: “Sex education” are two words many Malaysians are almost too afraid to say out loud.

But that was not the case at the Jenayah Seksual Kanak-Kanak: Hentikan!! (Child Sexual Crimes: Stop It!!) seminar yesterday. Participants from all levels of society openly called for comprehensive sex education across the country.

They were heard.

“There’s a need to educate our children because they’re now able to get their answers from the Internet,” said Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

“In those days, answers were from parents and teachers, but some subjects – like your body – were taboo to talk about,” said the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

“Now, children just go straight to Mr Google; all the more reason for my ministry and I to feel that we must teach our children as early as possible – about bad touch and good touch. I think it should be in our education system.”

During a presentation, the ministry’s Deputy Secretary-General (Operations) Dr Waitchalla R.R.V. Suppiah said it was “ridiculous” that Malaysians could not even talk to their children about their private parts using the proper terms.

“I heard that some parents use terms like bunga and batangBunga mana ini (what kind of flower is this)?” she asked to laughter from the audience. “If we, as adults, are embarrassed about talking about it, what more children?”

While there was no specific subject for sex education at the moment, Moral Studies, Biology and Islamic Studies all touched on the matter, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan.

“The ministry is, however, open to suggestions and ideas to further strengthen the syllabus and teaching methodology if the need arises,” he added.

Rohani’s support for sex education follows Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call for parents to educate their children about “appropriate and inappropriate” touches, adding that children should be taught that their bodies belonged to them and them alone.

Rohani did, however, acknowledge the taboo that accompanied the words “sex education” hindered attempts at educating children and their families.

“Raising awareness and helping parents realise sex education are some of the hurdles we have to cross,” she said.

“It’s part of our culture to be more reserved when it comes to talking about sex,” said participant and mother-of-four Mariammah Subramaniam. “But children are our treasure and we have to protect them, even if it means you have to teach them about these things.”
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Ombudsmen have role in fighting crime

March 14th, 2017

The Quran calls for a band of people to enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong, a concept which can provide guidelines in the making of criminal law.

CRIME prevention refers to the process of containing, controlling, preventing and deterring acts deemed criminal. The process is riddled and rife with problems and to date, has yet to have an accurate or complete answer.

Crime is not just a local problem, but also a universal one. Countries in the world are always in search of, but have yet to be fully satisfied with, the mechanisms or strategies for crime prevention. As such, strategies in crime prevention are an important aspect to explore.

Mechanisms and strategies in crime prevention are constantly changing and require endless discussion. Such a situation arises because crime prevention is closely linked with situations and changes in society, be they in the social, economic or political context.

The complex conditions of society in many aspects, including the layout, cultural fabric, and demographic environment, as well as current developments in the world in terms of technology, have a strong influence on mechanisms and strategies for crime prevention.

Due to various reasons and diverse situations, many countries have attempted to introduce a comprehensive or holistic crime prevention programme. Such a comprehensive or holistic crime prevention programme means not just one mechanism or strategy is adopted.

It means that the process of multi-pronged and integrated strategies is implemented simultaneously.

In searching for the strategy, researchers have found that a strategy which incorporates religious elements – religiosity – is one of them. Various researches have been conducted on the role of religion, or strategies established by religion.

Such an approach is not only believed by the religious people, but it is also believed by sociologists and criminologists. Thus, certain religious philosophical doctrines may operate as a basis for comprehensive mechanisms and crime prevention strategies.

As far as Islamic law is concerned, two ge­neral principles can be applied in finding the best crime prevention strategy. The two general principles are the higher objectives of Islamic law and ombudsmen, or hisbah.

Islamic law upholds the objectives of protecting one’s religion, life, honour and dignity, lineage and property. These objectives are the basic needs of all people, at all levels, times and places, and transcend geographical boundaries and situations. In addition, the objectives have clear and real universal va­lues.

Thus, from the Islamic law perspective, in criminalising any act, it must be ascertained whether an act is offensive to any of the objectives of the law. In order to avoid overzealousness or straying in law-making, it is always a requirement that criminal law is based on sources of Islamic law or the rightful interpretation of the sources. Whatever innovation is in the creation of criminal law has a basis in the objectives of Islamic law.

Indeed, the Islamic law objectives make the law stable and focused, in making criminal law provisions as well as their enforcement.

The stability of the law and its enforcement, as a consequence, contribute to the well-being of human society that is infused with specific philosophy and regulations.

Although circumstances and times change, and people become more complex, crimes in turn are also committed in various forms and with various purposes. Hence, a stable objective and philosophy may provide solutions in crime prevention strategies.

Be that as it may, the fixed objectives do not mean that the concept has made the system less dynamic. Rather, the objectives are meant to be the higher objectives to form the ultimate guide in order to preserve the basic aspects of human life.

Dynamism may be seen from the fact that there may be innovations or improvement to human life, but the dynamic character should not pare down the basic needs of men.

Apart from being relevant as a criminal law legislation guideline, the higher objectives of the law are also relevant in providing guidelines in the enforcement process.

Another relevant formula in crime prevention strategy is a two-dimensional or two-fold concept, known as al-hisbah. The concept is particularly relevant in the enforcement process, although it may also provide guidelines in the making of criminal law.

Al-hisbah is close to the concept of ombudsmen in our contemporary practice. The two-dimensional or two-fold concept found in al-hisbah is “enjoining good and forbidding wrong”.

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