Some want to pay it forward by becoming teachers


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Feb 2020

Against all odds: Blind student Yak, from Sibu, admiring her STPM result slip that was in braille, before accepting it from Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) chairman Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim (in suit, holding the result slip).

SELAYANG: Some top STPM scorers want to make a difference by becoming teachers.

Aimi Mahad, from the Semai tribe, wants to create awareness on the importance of education among the people of her tribe.

“Education is the ticket to changing our lives for the better.

“With my dad being our family’s sole breadwinner, we’ve faced plenty of difficulties; sometimes we have to look for bamboo and rattan in the jungle to sell.

“We use the extra money from that to pay our fees and for daily use, ” said the SMK Kuala Lanar, Kuala Lipis, Pahang student.

Aimi, 20, received the best student Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) 2019 award under the

Orang Asli category, with a CGPA of 3.84.

She is one of 44,823 candidates who sat for the STPM 2019 exams.

Born blind, Yak Fang Ling, 20, hopes to become a teacher some day to help others who are also visually impaired.

Tribal success: Aimi, a student in SMK Kuala Lanar, Kuala Lipis, Pahang. was awarded the best student STPM 2019 award under the Orang Asli category. Tribal success: Aimi, a student in SMK Kuala Lanar, Kuala Lipis, Pahang. was awarded the best student STPM 2019 award under the Orang Asli category.

Scoring an impressive 4.0 CGPA, the STPM graduate from SMK Sungai Merah, Sibu, Sarawak, Yak – who is interested in becoming a lawyer or counsellor – faced many challenges.

“The biggest challenge in STPM was the lack of references in Braille, that hindered me from doing proper research, ” she said, adding that she does not want others like her to face the same problems.

It was always Tan Seng Chuan’s dream to become a teacher.

Coming from a family of educators, Tan, 28, knew it was his true calling.

He received the best student STPM 2019 award under the MUET session two category. He earned a band 6 with an aggregate score of 270.

“I was a Science student but along the way, I lost my interest, ” he added.

Currently a MUET teacher in Kolej Tingkatan Enam Sri Istana, Klang, Tan thanked his colleagues for supporting him.

“I would not have scored a band 6 if it weren’t for them.

“They helped mark all my essays and assisted me throughout my course, ” he said.

* See more reports in StarEdu this Sunday.

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