KOTA KINABALU: Top performing SPM student Noor Izzati Ambok Chening dedicated her 10As to her late father who died two years ago due to a chronic illness.
Noor Izzati of SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu from Kota Klias, Beaufort said she really hoped her father was still around to see her succeed.
“Before he died, my father told my me that he wanted to see me get good results in my studies and wants me to be a successful person in life,” she said after receiving her certificate of excellence from State Education Director Datuk Jame Alip on March 3.
“However, he left us two years ago and since then, I have pledged to make his wish come true by studying as hard as I can to achieve the results I have today,” said the 18-year-old girl.
Noor Izzati thanked all her teachers and friends who have helped her so much in her studies especially during after class study sessions and school tuition.
The teenager’s mother who is a supervisor for Community Development department (KEMAS) also expressed her pride and happiness after they were informed of the girl’s results.
“I am so glad that she did so well in her SPM, at least my late husband’s wish came true although he is no longer her with us,” said the mother of two children.
Noor Izzati is among the 160 of students who scored all As in their subjects as Sabah saw a slight improvement in performance of students in rural areas though the overall average national grade (GPN) declined by 0.26 % compared to last year’s 5.30 point.
Jame however, said that the number of candidates eligible to get their examination certificates increased by 0.7% from 87.19% (2013) to 87.89% in 2014.
“We hope parents, teachers and students will work together to ensure that our students get better results in all their examinations this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, son of bakers, Nur Alib Hariyano attributed his 11As to both his parents, teacher and friends.
“They have been my source of motivation all these while, they have been telling me that I must do my best and never give up if I want to make changes in my life and to give my parents better things in future,” he said.
The SMK Langkon student from Kota Marudu also wants other students from rural areas to study hard and do better in their studies so that they can also improve their living standards.
“We have to prove to people that we can also succeed in our studies and get good jobs even though we lack so many things compared to those in urban areas,” he said.