Group study pays off for three friends

Job well done: (From left) Tae, Tan and Chong posing with their SPM results at SMK Gunung Rapat. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: Three best friends are over the moon after scoring 10As each in the SPM examinations.

Months of group study, and burning the midnight oil paid off for Tae Jie Hui, Tan Jin Xuan, and Chong Weng Ying.

Tae said the three of them studied together after school hours. They also texted and called one another to exchange notes.

“I was expecting to get 8As, but was shocked for a moment when I saw my results,” said the SMK Gunung Rapat student after collecting her results yesterday.

Tan said she was only expecting to get 6As, while Chong said she hoped to get 8As.

“I’m happy that we had group discussions, tuition and exchange of study notes,” said Tan, who hopes to do a course in public relations.Tae wants to attend a course in Information Technology, while Chong is interested to have a degree in Food Science.

Their schoolmate Ahmad Dhanish Azrilrizal, who scored 8As, said he would be focusing on muay thai training now that SPM is over.

The younger brother of national muay thai exponent Nur Amisha, said he represented Perak for several tournaments when he was in Form One.

He stopped his training as he wanted to focus on his studies.

“I’m very happy that I got such good results, and after this, it’s time for me to pick up the momentum for muay thai,” he said.

Ahmad Dhanish said his father, who is a muay thai coach and manager, will assist him in his training.

“I’m also thinking of taking up either marketing or English diploma courses,” he added.

R. Hemanth Ganesh is grateful that his father, who is a secondary school principal, always encouraged him to seek help from his teachers.

“I was worried when I sat for my Biology paper and the Additional Maths paper as both these subjects were difficult.

“I was not very confident of obtaining As for the two papers.

“During my previous school exams, I never got straight As. But when I looked at my certificate, I was shocked,” said Hemanth, who scored 9As.

He plans to study law or architecture.

Wah Shafina Bah On, an Orang Asli student and a long jump athlete, said despite not getting straight As, she was proud of her achievements.

“I got a mixture of A, C and an E, but I did try my best,” she added.

She hopes to be selected for the Sukma Games.

“I want to attend a course on sports coaching as I love sports,” said Wah Shafina, who is from Ulu Geruntum in Gopeng.

Perak Education Department director Mohamad Fauzi Mahson said a total of 32,735 candidates registered for SPM in the state for 2022.

He said this included students from private schools, national schools and religious schools.

“A total of 669 candidates or 2.42% scored all As (A+, A and A-), with 13 students scoring all A+.

“We also have 89 special needs candidates. One of them who is blind, scored all As in the results,” he said.

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