JOHOR BARU: Despite being blind in her right eye, Quintina Tan Guey Juan, 18, has never let her disability stop her from scoring in her examinations.
The former SMK (P) Sultan Abu Bakar science stream student scored an incredible 9A+ and 1A for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam despite struggling with the History subject.
“I never let myself feel any different from the rest or make up excuses for being less than perfect,” she told The Star after receiving an excellence award from the Johor Education Department here yesterday.
Tan said that she never constrained herself to a tight study schedule. Instead, she gave full focus during her classes and revisions.
“I loved Chemistry and I hope to enter the medical field in the near future, but for now I want to take things slow and expose myself to the field before deciding on what to major in,” she added.
Another special needs candidate that had persevered through all odds while achieving excellent results was IT Science student A. Indran, 18.
The former SMK Pasir Gudang 3 student is 80% deaf but he was all smiles yesterday after receiving an excellence award for obtaining 1A+, 3As, 2A-, 2B+, 1C and 1E in his SPM exam.
“I have to thank my parents, teachers and peers for showing their support and relentless guidance,” he said, adding that he dedicated two hours daily for revision.
Indran now hopes to clinch a spot at a local polytechnic and eventually pursue a degree in accounting, as his favourite subject is Mathematics.
“I believe with a strong grasp in Maths, I will be able to succeed, especially in business, as I want to be financially independent.
“I never put myself down and despite a challenging time in primary school, I was able to cope with my disability and focus on studies at the secondary level”, he added.
In Penang, SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth student Daniel Tan Wei Ian, 18, who scored 12As with 9A+ proved that being active and busy with co-curricular activities is no barrier to acquiring good exam results.
He was a member of the school’s Boys’ Brigade, Videography Society and Christian Fellowship chairman, as well as the captain for the English Debate and English Drama team, the Photography Society IT supervisor and school cooperative vice-secretary.
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