KUCHING: Eleven candidates from Sarawak scored straight A+ in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) last year.
Lu Lei Chee of SMK Tiong Hin is the top of the cream scoring 11A+.
There are five 10A+ scorers namely Christina Hoon Siew Keung (SMK Bandar Kuching No 1), Christopher Ling Her Yuen (SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu), Courtney Tang (SMK Methodist, Sibu), Aaron Kong Sien Wui (SMK Green Road) and Cindy Chieng Lay Ting (SMK Bandar Kuching No 1).
Those scoring 9A+ a r e Benjamin Chen Tze Wei (SMK Green Road), Alastair Sim Ker Yau (SMK St Columba), Imaduddin Haziq Zolkipli (Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Hj Bujang), Sharon Hii Yiik Wei (SMK St Joseph, Miri) and Joseph Vermount Teng Chao Zhou (SMK Marudi).
Impaired-hearing candidate Mohd Ezzatul Hanafiah Sahmad of SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor has 1A-, 5B, 1C and 1D.
State education director Rakayah Madon, who made the announcement yesterday, said Sarawak recorded encouraging state average grade (GPN) of 5.47.
“A total of 26,576 candidates or 82.26 per cent out of the 32,307 candidates from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) received the credential after having passed at least Bahasa Melayu (BM) and History.
“They were among 36,366 candidates across the state registered for the exam last year,” she added.
Out of the 64 subjects taken by Sarawak candidates, 59 (92.19 per cent) recorded a pass rate of 80 per cent and above, while 29 subjects recorded 100 per cent pass, 14 recorded 90 to 99.9 per cent pass and 16 subjects recorded 80 to 89.9 per cent pass.
Sarawak matched or exceeded the national rates in 39 subjects.
“The state obtained full pass in Chinese Literature, Music Education and Early Childhood Education while the national pass rate are 80.46 per cent, 87.14 per cent and 99.44 per cent respectively,” she said.
Following closely are Bible Knowledge with 90.24 per cent state pass rare (79.32 per cent national pass rate), Chinese Language with 98.95 per cent (92.95 per cent national pass rate) and Engineering Technology with 93.75 per cent (90.11 per cent national pass rate).
Rakayah also said 10 schools were ranked excellent in Sarawak, based on their school average grade (GPS).
They were SM Sains Kuching Utara Padawan with GPS 1.69, SM Sains Kuching Padawan (1.80), SMP Lodge Kuching (1.91), SM Sains Miri (2.11), MRSM Betong (2.36), MRSM Kuching (2.67), Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah Kuching (2.75), MRSM Mukah (2.90), SMK St Elizabeth Sibu (2.97) and Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang Miri (3.02).
Rakayah said candidates wanting to appeal against the results to do so before April 2.
“Payment for re-marking is RM100 per subject. Payment must be remitted through money order or postal order to the Examinations Director,” she said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah got teary eyes after listening to special needs candidate Ezzatul expressing his gratitude to his parents and teachers for his excellent result, but managed to hold her emotion when delivering her speech.
“I am proud of Ezzatul. This is the way our education system raises our children in schools which focuses on academic and the importance of developing their character and well-being.
“Schools put all efforts into helping our children realise their full potential so that they will become useful citizens who can give back to their parents and society at large,” she said.
Fatimah reiterated the importance of mastering more than one language, especially English, to have an added advantage to compete locally and globally.
“The Education Ministry has started two programmes namely Dual Language Programme (DLP) and Highly Immersine Programme (HIP) beginning this year as announced in the Budget.”
“Sixty-seven schools in Sarawak – 35 secondary schools and 32 primary schools – are involved in the DLP,” she said.
A long list of programmes were in the pipeline, Fatimah said, to help students including pre-schoolers to be proficient in English.
“We need to help our children build a strong foundation in languages as early as possible when their learning ability is at its peak,” she said