SMJK Sam Tet has emerged as the school with the highest number of students scoring a 4.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in last year’s Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) in Perak.
Of the 12 students from the Ipoh school who scored straight A’s, three had taken five subjects.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, the three high achievers – Choo Kinn, Yeong Seng Wah and Chan Jeam Hau – all admitted that their excellent results had been unexpected.
Although he scored 10A’s in his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Kinn was not fully confident of being able to score straight A’s for STPM.
“This is totally beyond my expectations. I’m still stunned,” said Kinn, who was now one step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor.
Seng Wah said going by what he had achieved in his trial exams, his actual results were a surprise.
“Nevertheless, I am thankful especially to my teachers,” said the 20-year-old who hoped to pursue engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Still undecided whether to study medicine or engineering, Jeam Hau was just relieved at this point that his hard work had paid off.
“I studied very hard, putting in six to eight hours of revision daily in the one-and-a-half-months leading up to the exams,” he revealed.
For SMJK Sam Tet principal Lau Swee Mun, his students’ achievements in the STPM exams was the best ever retirement present.
Lau, who leaves the teaching profession on March 10 after 35 years, said apart from having the most number of candidates with straight A’s, the school had also recorded a 100% pass rate in last year’s STPM.
“All 183 of our candidates passed the exams, which I have our teachers to thank for. They did a wonderful job.
“We had a smaller intake compared to previous years as more high-achieving students left for matriculation and pre-university courses, but they managed to make the ordinary students extraordinary,” he said.
Earlier during a press conference, deputy state education director Mohd Rosli Ahmad said a total of 4,133 candidates sat for the exams at 64 centres last year compared to 4,116 candidates in 2015.
“Of the total number, 4,083 or 98.79% managed to obtain a full pass in at least one subject.
“The breakdown shows the majority of them – 2,887 candidates or 69.85% passing with four principals.
“Elsewhere, 52 candidates (1.26%) passed with five principals, 637 (15.41%) with three principals, 275 (6.65%) with two principals and 208 (5.03%) with at least one principal,” said Mohd Rosli, adding that a total of 41 schools in the state had achieved 100% passes.
He also announced SMK Tsung Wah, Kuala Kangsar, as the school with the highest grade point average in the state at 3.17.
In second place for having the highest number of students scoring straight A’s was SMK Jalan Tasek in Ipoh with six students, as SMJK Hua Lian, Taiping, and SMK Sultan Yussuf, Batu Gajah, shared the third spot with four students each.