Teachers did their part by conducting extra classes while students formed study groups to prepare for the STPM.
THE hard work was all worth it when SMJK Sin Min in Sungai Petani was named one of the top 10 schools in the country with the best 2014 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results.
Its principal Wong Seok Ee said the school won the award for the first time.
“We believe in teamwork and camaraderie to create a conducive environment for its students.
“Everyone worked together to really motivate our students and guide them when the going got tough,” she said.
The teachers from SMK Kepong Baru in Kuala Lumpur also went the extra mile for their charges.
Principal Leong Kum Loy praised the teachers for the hard work.
“Some of the teachers conducted extra classes either early in the morning, during recess and after school. They really gave more than was required of them,” he said.
Similarly there were many other schools where teachers put in extra effort to prepare their students for the exam.
The other top 10 schools were SMKA Sheikh Hj Mohd Said in Seremban; SMK Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur; Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, Klang; SMK Hua Lian, Taiping; SMA Persekutuan Labu, Seremban; SMJK Yok Bin, Malacca amd SMA Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu.
Malaysian Examination Council chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin said the performance of schools were measured through the schools’ average grade.
“The council rewarded schools which achieved the best STPM results, the ones which showed the most improvement as well as the best private school,” he said when announcing the analysis of the 2014 STPM results on Monday.
Prof Mohd Noh who is Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia vice-chancellor, also presented prizes to the 17 top students. They received RM1,000, a certificate and plaque.
Several of the students shared their secrets to academic success.
“What worked best for me personally was to pay attention in class, do revision constantly and attend tuition for the slightly harder subjects,” said Lim Kai Yik, who wants to be a mechanical engineer. Kai Yik was a former SMK Sungai Besar, Selangor student.
Khor Siew Ching who was formerly from SMK King Edward VII, Taiping, said the trick was not to leave everything to the last minute.
“If you’re faced with a thick book to get through the night before an exam, it’s going to be too much for you to handle. I started studying at least a month before the exam,” said Siew Ching.
Nadrah Syaqirin Ramlan, formerly from SMK (LKTP) Tersang in Raub, is a fan of study groups — including virtual ones.
“I use social media a lot in my studying. There are Facebook groups where students share their tips and have discussions and I also watched videos on YouTube to supplement my knowledge,” she said.
The two best Malaysian University English Test (MUET) awards went to Dayang Zainatull Nea Junia Abang Zulkarnain (March 2014 session) and Muhammad Redha Rosli (November 2014 session), who both achieved Band Six.
The 2014 STPM candidates were the second cohort to go through the new modular format introduced in 2013. Under the new system, students are assessed continuously over three terms rather than in one final exam.