MELAKA: Melaka government has allocated RM137,650 for students and schools for outstanding achievements in the Primary School Assessment Test (UPSR), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) last year.
Its Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the allocation involved RM127,150 for 683 students who received between RM100 and RM500 each, while RM10,500 was allocated for eight schools which received between RM1,000 and RM1,500 each.
“The awards are in line with the state government’s aspiration to motivate students to excel, both in academic and co-curricular activities as well as in personality.
“As future leaders, they have to be all-rounders and well-versed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) for them to remain competitive,” he said after presenting the awards in Ayer Keroh here.
Also present were state education, science, technology and innovation committee chairman Noor Effandi Ahmad, state Education Department director Datuk Abu Bakar Sahari and Tabung Amanah Pendidikan Negeri Melaka general manager Azrin Ab Majid.
Meanwhile, P. Theebhashini, 20, said her determination to show that STPM students were comparable to those studying in other learning institutions was proven when she obtained a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0.
The youngest of six siblings said although the community had often pointed out that STPM was a very tough examination, it had only fuelled her determination to strive for excellence.
“I also received various offers after SPM, including to enrol in the matriculation programme but I decided to sit for STPM to challenge myself and it turned out to be worth it,” said the former student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Datuk Haji Talib Karim, Alor Gajah near here.
With her outstanding STPM results, Theebhashini whose father K. Parasuraman, 53, works as a lorry driver while her mother M. Nagama, 50, a rubber tapper, is looking forward to help change her family’s financial situation someday. — Bernama
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