No-TV sacrifice pays off for three school friends in Kuantan

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  • Thursday, 27 Feb 2003

THREE friends from SMK Sultan Abu Bakar in Kuantan, who are television addicts, decided to give up two hours of watching time every night to prepare for the SPM examinations last year, and the sacrifice has certainly paid off. 

Now Tan Yit Yieng, Wong Chaw Kuin and N. Jonitha Sumithri are reaping the fruits of their hard work, having scored excellent grades. 

Tan and Jonitha scored 10 As while Wong scored all As in nine subjects. 

“There were good programmes and movies from 10am until midnight and we all love to watch action or romantic films. 

“However, we sacrificed the precious time to study and do revision, and it has certainly paid off,” said Tan when met at their school yesterday. 

Tan, whose ambition is to be a doctor, said there was a need for discipline in managing time for study and making sure that one followed the schedule drawn up. 

Wong, who also wants to be a doctor, said she was now watching the television programmes “to make up for the time spent studying.” 

The three friends often met for group discussion, and - according to Jonitha - the telephone played an important part in their discussions too. 

State Education director Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad said 23,223 students from 119 schools in the state sat for the examination last year. 

A total of 21,444 candidates passed and the percentage recorded by Pahang was 92.3%, he added. 

Twenty eight students scored all As and SMK Sultan Abu Bakar topped the list with 10 students. 

Thirteen schools scored 100% passes.  

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