JOHOR BARU: Scoring straight As in UPSR is no easy feat and for Nurin Imanina Lee Roslan, her achievement is extra special as she is probably one of the few Malay top scorers from a Chinese school.
The 12-year-old pupil from SJK(C) Foon Yew 1 here scored 8As for comprehension and writing for Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and English comprehension, Mathematics and Science.
Besides attending Chinese school in the morning, Nurin takes religious lessons between 3.30pm and 6.30pm, five days a week.
“I paid full attention to my teachers in class and also spent time revising with my friends,” Nurin said.
The eldest of three children, Nurin said she not only planned to continue in a Chinese secondary school next year but also further her studies in China.
“I hope to become a doctor,” she added.
Nurin, whose mother is Chinese and father, a Malay, said her parents were supportive and advised her to never give up.
Her mother Ivy Amirah Balqis Lee, who runs a boutique in Larkin here, said her daughter was able to cope with her studies at both the Chinese and religious schools.
“We want her to be good in Chinese,” she said, adding that the only tuition her daughter had was for Chinese.
Ivy praised the teachers at the school for their dedication in ensuring that their students did well in their examinations.
Nurin’s schoolmate and best friend Evangeline Tan Kai Xuan also scored 8As in UPSR.
Evangeline, who enjoys ballet and piano, said she had to juggle her activities and studies.
“I am also an avid reader and love reading historical and fantasy books,” said the girl who also emerged third in a national Bahasa Malaysia lecture competition.
She also took part in the Kingsburg International Piano Competition in China last month.
On her ambition, the animal lover said she aspires to become a veterinarian.
“I am very concerned when we watch documentaries on animals being exploited for their parts around the world,” she said.