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Hard work pays off
SMK METHODIST ACS, Ipoh, students N. Jothiswaran and Loh Kah Yee were a bundle of nerves before they stepped forward to receive their STPM result slips from their teachers earlier this week.
But after a quick look at the slips, their anxieties vanished and they started smiling from ear to ear.
Jothiswaran had scored five As, and Loh, four. They were among nine candidates from the school who achieved a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.0 each.
Former head prefect Jothiswaran, 20, said all his hard work had paid off and he was looking forward to furthering his studies.
“I would love to enter Universiti Malaya to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor or a particle physicist,” he added.
On his study regime, he recalled that he would hit the books whenever he was free. “I would return home from tuition and start my revision without wasting any time.”
Loh, also a former head prefect, said she spent most of her time doing revision and rarely watched TV.
“I spent two to three hours revising daily and always approached my friends whenever I had trouble with my studies,” she said.
The 20-year-old Arts stream student aspires to become an accountant and has applied to Universiti Malaya and Universiti Sains Malaysia for a place.
Perak education director Mohd Radzi Abd Jabar said 4,487 candidates from the state sat for the STPM in 2008, compared to 5,762 in 2007. There was a 0.7% improvement in the results this year – 96.1% or 4,311 students passed all their subjects.
In Malacca, Kuganesh Raju, 19, who has a deformed right hand, scored 3As and 1B in the examination, and obtained a CGPA of 3.75 — the best result by a special student in the state.
“I’m very happy as I had made a vow to do well in the STPM,” Kuganesh said at the Malacca High School.
He attributed his success to support and guidance from his parents and teachers, besides four hours of daily revision.
“I hope to get a chance to go abroad to pursue my studies and fulfil my dream of becoming an accountant,” he added.
Fourteen of the 26 Malacca students who scored straight As were from Malacca High School, making it the top school in the state. Foo Jong Yi of SMK Gajah Berang was named one of the country’s top students. Malacca education director Isa Abu said of the 1,254 candidates who sat for the STPM last year, 1,204 (96.01%) obtained full passes. They fared slightly better than the national average of 94.79%.
Johor recorded a passing rate of 96.72% in the 2008 STPM results, compared to 96.80% for 2007. State Education Department director Sufaat Tumin said of the 4,902 students who sat for the examination last year, 34 obtained straight As, with a CGPA of 4.0 each. Sufaat added that 31 schools in Johor achieved 100% passes, compared to 22 in 2007. The school with the highest CGPA (3.11) was SMK Bandar Tenggara in Kulai. — By IVAN LOH, CHEN PELF YEEN and MEERA VIJAYAN