BUKIT MERTAJAM: SMJK Jit Sin emerged as one of the country's top 10 day and agama schools in the SPM examination last year.
Of the 532 candidates, a total of 243 obtained more than 5As with 50 scoring 8As, 32 (9As), 42 (10As), two (11As) and one (12As).
Top student Joslin Goh Tze Ching, who scored 12As, expressed surprise over her results although she had expected to do well.
The 18-year-old fisherman’s daughter admitted that her parents did not really encourage her on academic achievements.
“They always tell me to put health before everything else,” she said, adding that she did not have a set timetable and only attended tuition classes for Bahasa Malaysia.
Goh said she only studied when she had time as she was usually busy with after-school activities.
She planned to apply for a scholarship to further her studies in the University of Toronto in Canada.
“I intend to take Pure Mathematics and do social work after graduation,” she said.
Another top scorer, Chuah Shinney, 18, said hard work and paying attention in class were the main ingredients to her success.
“I had only expected about five to six As,” she said.
Shinney, who scored 11As including nine 1As, said she studied two to three hours daily and attended tuition classes for several subjects.
The second of four siblings, Shinney did not believe in studying at the last minute.
“I started preparing from Form Four and my teachers helped a lot in guiding me,” she said, adding that she planned to apply for a scholarship to study Pharmacy in a private college.
Chan Choon Chong, 18, who scored 11As, said he studied more than five hours everyday.
“I had only expected 9As so this is a pleasant surprise,” he said, adding that he wanted to apply for a scholarship to further his studies in Bio-technology.
Senior assistant Goh Cheng Kean said several factors had contributed to the school’s fine performance.
“As this is a controlled school, all our students are already highly motivated to study. Their parents are also supportive and place high emphasis on their children’s studies,” he added.
Goh said the school also invited guest speakers to conduct motivation seminars while former students, who were high achievers, would share their studying tips.