Sarawak records better state average grade in 2017 SPM



Rakayah (front row, third right) with some of the SPM high achievers, staff of state education department and the high achievers’ parents after the official announcement of the state level SPM result in Kuching.

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded a state average grade (GPN) of 5.17 in the 2017 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), bettering its 2016 achievement.

State Education Department director Rakayah Madon said Sarawak recorded a GPN 5.34 in 2016, which means the achievement performance of the SPM candidates in the state in 2017 improved by 0.17 in terms of GPN.

“Overall, the achievement of the Sarawak candidates in the 2017 SPM was encouraging,” she said during the official announcement of the state-level SPM results here today.

Rakayah said a total of 37,092 candidates in Sarawak registered for SPM last year – with 34, 183 candidates (92.16 per cent) from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan; 361 candidates (0.97 per cent) under other agencies; 1083 (2.92 per cent) from private schools; and 1465 (3.95 per cent) private candidates.

She noted that a total of 28,108 or 83.21 per cent of the 33,778 candidates from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan who sat for the exam obtained their certificates by scoring at least a pass in Bahasa Melayu and History.

She said based on the School Cumulative Grade (GPS), most schools in Sarawak can be summarized as being in the category of Excellent (0.00-2.25), Good (2.25-4.50) and Satisfactory (4.51-6.75).

“Only four out of 183 schools in Sarawak could be categorized as Potential having the GPS of 6.75-9.00,” she said.

She also revealed that some 22 Secondary Schools in Sarawak had successfully achieved GPS of 4.00 and below.

The schools that achieve the highest grade in Sarawak are Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuching Utara, Padawan (2.12), Sekolah mengah Sains Miri (2.17), Kolej Datu Patinggi Abang Hj Abdillah, Kuching (2.49), SMK St Elizabeth, Sibu (2.66), Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuching, Padawan (2.67), SMK Methodist, Sibu (2.84), Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Hj Bujang, Miri (2.89), SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu (2.98), SMK Agama Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Kuching (3.17), SMK St. Anthony, Sarikei (3.33), SMK Tinggi, Sarikei (3.58(, SMK Lutong Miri (3.63), SMK Kubong, Limbang (3.68), SMK Agama Sheikh Hj Othman Abd Wahab, Padawan (3.75), SMK Sungai Merah, Sibu (3.77), SMK Bandar Sibu (3.80), SMK Tung Hua, Sibu (3.89), SMK Agama Miri (3.89), SMK Kwong Hua Middle, Sibu (3.91), SMK Batu Lintang (3.94), SMK Tinggi Kuching (3.97) and Sekolah Seni Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching (4.00).

Rakayah said the 2017 SPM results also showed that 23 secondary schools had at least 10 candidates scoring a minimum of A- in all the subjects they sat for.

SMK Methodist, Sibu had 73 candidates scoring at least A- in all their subjects; followed by SMK Chung Hua, Miri (39), SMK St. Elizabeth, Sibu (30), SMK St, Anthony, Sarikei (29), SMK Green Road, Kuching (28), SMK Lutong, Miri (25), SMK Batu Lintang, Kuching (22), Kolej Datu Patinggi Abang Hj Abdillah, Kuching (21), Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuching Utara, Padawan (20), SMK Tung Hua, Sibu (20), SMK Sg Maong, Padawan (18), SMK Sg Tapang, Samarahan (18), SMK Tinggi, Sarikei (17), SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu (16), SMK Bandar Kuching No. 1 (16), Kolej Tun Datuk Tuanku Hj Bujang, Miri (14), SMK Siburan, Padawan (14), SMK DPH Abdul Gapor, Kuching (14), SMK St Joseph (13), SMK Chung Hua, Sibu (12), SMK St Columba, Miri (11) and SMK Jalan Arang, Padawan (10).

She also announced that a total of 24 candidates from Sarawak had A + grade in at least nine subjects.

“Of these, one of them got 12A+, five got 11A+, 15 got 10A+ and three got 9A + in all subjects taken,” she said.

The 12A+ achiever is Angel Lai An Ge (SMK Methodist, Sibu) while the 11A+ achievers are Chong Min Hui (SMK Chung Hua Miri), Cheong Kang Min, Cindy Ho Mei Jin, Delphina Tiong Ming Min (SMK Methodist, Sibu) and Evelyn Lau Ming Yii (SMK St Elizabeth, Sibu).

The 10+ scorers are Ting Su Chi, Livian Poh Li Xuan (both from SMK Bandar Kuching No 1, Kuching), Celine Liaw Sze Ling, Golden Wong Siew Sieng, Jonathan Chua Wei Sheng, Lau Zheng Yue (all from SMK Chung Hua, Miri), Myra Ng Sze Hui (SMK DPH Abdul Gapor, Kuching), Clarissa Phung Pao Yee (SMK Green Road, Kuching), Yii Wang Ying (SMK Jalan Arang, Kuching), Jane Lau Bi Yien (SMK Methodist, Sibu), Tan Jun Jie (SMK Sg Maong, Padawan), Roland Chieng Ung Lung, Vivian Teng Xiu Wen (SMK St Anthony, Sarikei), Grace Tang Ai (SMK St Elizabeth, Sibu) while the 9A+ achievers are Jacx Chan Ken Yew, Joshua Jong Shan Ho (SMK St Joseph, Kuching) and Daniel Chieng Kai Kiong (SMK St Columba, Miri).

SMK Sacred Heart in state’s Top 8 in SPM



Lau (fourth left) hands over the result slip to one of the top SPM students while (from left) Puah, Yong, Ling, Ngu (second right) and others look on.

SIBU: SMK Sacred Heart is ranked among the top eight schools in the state in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), the results for which were released yesterday.

It obtained a school average grade (GPS) of 2.98 – its highest so far. Its GPS in the 2016 SPM was 3.25.

Principal David Teo disclosed that the school has 10 students scoring 11A, 11 students (10A), eight students (9A), nine students (8A), 11 students (7A) and 18 students (5A or better).

School management board treasurer Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau who heads the school’s redevelopment committee commended the school for improving in the examination.

He saidthe La Salle Brothers had established a strong foundation and culture of excellence for the school.

“I believe this is how Sacred Heart School is different from others. I hope to see the continuation of such culture and tradition. The school was established more than 100 years ago.

“Among the primary aims of the La Salle Brothers is to ensure our younger generation get good education,” he said.

Stressing the importance of education, Lau said in Malaysia a big chunk of the national budget goes to education.

The 11A scorers are Ramon Ting Zhi Yuan, Ling Zhe Heng, Loh Jia Cheng, Sim Kah Hou, Jeffery Sia Ming Hong, Tony Hii Siu Siong, Sia You Seng, Low Ngie Pyn, Joshua Wong Cheng Bin and Yeo Deng Hong.

The 10A scorers are Charles Ling Her Yi, Gilbert Wong Yee Loong, Marcus Loh Boon Hong, Benjamin Law Seng Yuan, Clarence Ting Siong Swee, Joseph Siet Jiun Wen, Kelvin Lee Hau Siong, Ting Jing Sheng,

Jonathan Wong Qin Xiang, Darrence Paulus Galang and Alan Wong Ngie Fu.

As for 9A achievers, they are Henry Sia Ing Chuong, Loi Ming Shen, Eric Yong Xuen Lei, Alvin Lau Jian Hong, George Ting Pek Jing, Christopher Tan Wei Jie, Liang Jin Sheng and Darrell Dau.

Present at the school to give encouragement to the students yesterday were school board vice-secretary Yong King Sung, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) vice-chairman II Ngu Liong Beng, Sacred Heart Old Students Association (Shosa) secretary Eddy Puah and senior assistant I Ling Ngie Ming.

Lau (front, fourth right), Ngu (front, third right), (front, from second left) Puah, Yong, Ling and others with top scorers in the SPM.

Student of poor family makes parents proud



Rhana (right) shows her results to her mother.

SIBU: Rhana Kirisna Killy has made her parents and school proud scoring 9As in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), the results of which were released yesterday.

The SMK St Elizabeth student said she had expected to get 7As and 2Bs.

“As the oldest among three siblings in my family, I’ve always wished to be the exemplary child who can make our parents proud.

“I will be able to change the fate of my family if I have a good job in the future,” she said when collecting her results slip at the school yesterday.

Rhana said she planned to enter Form 6 as another step towards her ambition of becoming a counselling teacher.  She was accompanied by her mother Kelang Lawan, 40, and her five-year-old sister.

Kelang, a housewife, was elated with her daughter’s result.

She said her family which currently rents a house in Tong Sang Road originally came from Mujong in Kapit.

“We moved to Sibu to earn a living,” she said. According to Kelang, her husband Killy Atang, 45, who is a general labourer, has an unstable income.

“Rhana didn’t attend any tuition because we’re financially constrained.

“We depend on her teachers to teach her. She also did her revision with friends,” she said.

Meanwhile, SMK St Elizabeth was announced as the best school in Sibu for the fifth time in a row with a School Average Grade (GPS) of 2.66.  The school is placed fourth among schools in Sarawak.

Ninety-five from a total of 194 students of the all-girl school who sat for the examination last year achieved 5As and above, including Rhana.

Evelyn Lau Ming Yii and Grace Tang Ai obtained 11As and 10As straight respectively.

Principal Clement Chieng said: “Being a Catholic mission school, indeed we praise the Lord for His grace and providence that we can sustain our success and excellence.

“For the record, some SMK St Elizabeth’s students came from the lower socio-economic background, they had come up to us with a not very impressive academic background. But at the end of their schooling year, they are able to excel and leave this school with a good SPM result which is a passport to their better future.

“Thus, we are very proud of our students. Bravo girls!” he said in a written message.

SMK Methodist has most straight-A+ students



(From left) Lau, Ho, Lai, Cheong, and Tiong show their results.

SIBU: SMK Methodist had the highest number of students scoring straight A+ in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) in Sarawak.

They were Angel Lai An Ge (12A+), Cheong Kang Min (11A+), Cindy Ho Mei Jin (11A+), Delphina Tiong Ming Min (11A+), and Jane Lau Bi Yien (10A+).

Lai was the state’s best student, while Cheong, Ho and Tiong were among Sarawak’s top achievers.

SMK Methodist also had the highest number of students who obtained all A’s in the exam, with 73 scoring all A’s.

“I did not really have confidence in English and History, although I scored A+ for these two subjects during the trial exam,” Lai told reporters.

She also took the SPM Chinese paper.

“My mum encouraged me to take it. My mother said that I must take Chinese because I am a Chinese. It turned out to be one of my favourite subjects,” she said, adding she would likely take up accounting or business studies.

Lau attributed her achievement to a balanced schedule.

The Science stream student is considering changing to the Arts stream in Form 6.

“The reason is because I plan to take up law studies, hopefully in University of Malaya. The policy in UM is that I need to be an Arts graduate to read law,” she said.

Cheong hopes to further her studies in the medical field.

“My eldest brother is a medical doctor in Sibu Hospital while the other brother is a medical student in Penang Medical College. I am looking into either healthcare or pharmacy,” she said.

SMK Methodist also improved its school average grade from 3.32 in 2016 to 2.83 for 2017.

The school’s pass rate for last year was 95.4 per cent.

Good SPM results help SM Sains Miri maintain top position



(Standing at the back from left) SM Sains Miri principal Mohd Dzul Badzli Abdullah and the school’s PTA chairperson Nazri Datuk Ahmad Lai with the top scorers.

MIRI: Sekolah Menengah (SM) Sains Miri maintained its top position among all secondary schools in Miri by becoming the second best school in the state with a School Average Grade (GPS) of 2.17 in the 2017 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam.

Its top scorers are Natalie Eve Austin Sigi (8As,1A), Magleed Bajut (7As,2As), Abdul Hadi Angak @ Abdul Khalid (7As,2As), Mahmuddin Mohmud (6As,3As), Nuramirah Jazima Roslan (7As,1A,1A-)and Nublan Faruqi Zaini (4As,3As.2As).

Meanwhile, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Baru Miri showed improvement after being ranked bottom in the SPM results.

“Though not ranked among the top secondary schools in Miri, I am still grateful for the hard work of the teachers and students of the school.

“SMK Baru was at the bottom among 16 secondary schools in Miri in the 2016 SPM results and for 2017, we defied the odds and the results are better than what we expected and I am just so grateful,” SMK Baru principal Jerrah Pandin told reporters at the school yesterday.

Jerrah praised the teachers for their cooperation and determination to make the 2017 SPM result better than the previous year with a GPS of 5.38 from 5.81 in 2016 and he thanked the teachers for the additional classes held.

“When I took over this school in January last year and after seeing the SPM 2016 results, I took the challenge and asked each subject teacher to prepare their respective strategic plans, and from there we tried to implement the best ways to help students learn and get better results.

“The most effective formula is the extra classes and I applaud the teachers for their efforts and sacrificing their time to hold free additional classes for students including during weekends and holidays. Obviously, the sacrifices of these teachers have been proven worthwhile looking at today’s SPM results,” she said, adding examination analysis was also regularly conducted to identify weaknesses that needed to be improved.

(From third left) Pius, Keverne Aren, Nur Farazila, Zafirah, Nurul Asyikin Abdullah Abu Bakar with her mother and Jerrah (right).

For 9A scorer Nur Farazila Jurimiee, continuous effort and the ‘never give up’ attitude is the secret of her excellent achievement.

The eldest of four siblings thanked her mother Zafirah Abdullah and Jerrah for helping in her studies.

“The important thing is do not despair, attend the extra classes and I would usually ask my teachers, friends or my class WhatsApp group if I needed clarification with my studies while my mother who is a nurse helped me with Biology at home,” said Nur Farazila, who aspires to become a doctor in psychology or pharmacy.

Pius Bilong, the father of another top scorer Keverne Aren, meanwhile is thankful and proud with his daughter’s result.

“I did not expect Keverne to get such good results but nonetheless I am so proud of her though I see her way of studying with all the technology nowadays is so much different from my time and I am thankful for the extra classes conducted by the school,” said the process engineer based in Qatar.

Keverne, the third of four siblings, obtained 8As in her SPM. She is planning to take up accountancy and according to her, writing her daily activities in her journal helps her plan her study time.

SMK Baru’s other top scorers are Nurul Asyikin Abdullah Abu Bakar (7As), Moses Agan Molarn (6As), Gordon James (6As), Angelina Puyang Selung (5As) and Quzairie Asran Abdullah (5As).

Meanwhile SMK Chung Hua Miri recorded a GPS of 4.05, better than the previous years’ GPS of 4.09, with 39 straight A scorers.

Chong Min Hui, the only student who obtained 11A1s plans to apply for a scholarship to pursue engineering.