JOHOR BARU: The largest independent Chinese high school in Malaysia, Foon Yew High School in Johor Baru has once again produced excellent results with more than 30 of its candidates achieving straight As in the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
School principal Tee Bee Tin said some 1,013 students sat for the UEC Senior Middle level exam this year while 1,087 students took the exam last year.
“We have 37 straight As, including those scoring 10As, 9As and 8As this year, which is an increase from about 34 students last year.
“On top of that, 19 of our students have also made it to the top 10 in the country for several subjects, ” she said, adding that the school has more than 5,400 students and that the number was growing every year.
Tee said the school recorded an overall improvement in several subjects, especially Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu as well as accounts.
“We look at the performance relative to the number of As or the improvement in general rather than the number of students passing.
“Our students have no issue passing the subjects in the exam.
“Several non-Chinese students sat for the exam this year as well, with one scoring 4As, ” she added.
Among the students from the school who scored straight As (8A’s) was Phoebe Yong Xue Min, 18, who said that it was unexpected.
“Although I worked hard to do well and score, I was still not expecting straight As. When I checked my results online, it was a pleasant surprise.
“I hope to study Biology in either Singapore or Taiwan but am considering other options, too, ” said Phoebe, adding that support from her parents and teachers had contributed to her doing well.
Her friend, Lim Yue Chern, 18, said her UEC results were better than what she had targeted.
“I aimed to get As but not straight A1s, especially for English and Physics.
“The weeks leading to the examination were stressful but I am glad that I managed to pull it together and do well, ” she said.
Yue Chern said her family, teachers and friends played an important part in enabling her to score.
“My friends and I celebrated by going bowling and hanging out together, ” she said.
Lew Yau Wen, who made it to the top 10 list in the country for both Biology and Chemistry, said the results surprised him as well.
“Chemistry is one of my favourite subjects and I expected to ace it but I was not expecting to be one of the top scorers for Biology as well.
“I studied on my own for most of the subjects but went to tuition classes for Mathematics and Chemistry, ” he said, adding that he planned to study Economics.