More passes in Arts stream

Happy people: Students in Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar (English College), Johor Baru celebrating after receiving their STPM results on Monday.

JOHOR BARU: The performance gap between Form Six students in the urban and rural areas are getting wider based of last years Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia results.

State education department director Aminudin Adam said that the 2014 STPM examinations showed that candidates from the rural areas have performed better compared to their peers in the urban areas.

He said the widening of the gap was due to a drop of 0.12% in the urban students’ performance and an improvement of 2.20% for the rural candidates.

He added that urban students recorded a drop in passing at least three subjects at 85.39% compared to 2013’s 88.51%.

“The drop in performance for urban students could because of the subjects chosen as more urban students were in the Science stream while rural students preferred the Arts stream,” he said when announcing the results here on March 2.

Aminudin also announced that the number of straight As students in Johor who sat for the STPM exams have dropped to 43 candidates compared to the previous 77 candidates.

He said that 25 candidates from the total were from the Arts stream while the remaining were from the Science stream.

He said that 55 schools in the state recorded full passes out of the total of 90 schools with candidates sitting for the exams.

The schools with the best STPM results in Johor were SMK Sultan Ibrahim, Kulaijaya (4 excellent students), SMK Dato’ Sri Amar DiRaja, Muar (4), Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Baru (4), SMK Tinggi Batu Bahat (3) and SMK Tinggi Kluang (3).

SUMBER : THE STAR

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New system to help students choose right varsity courses

KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to reduce the number of disgruntled school leavers who cannot get courses of their choice in local universities, the Education Ministry’s centralised university unit (UPU) has come up with a new system.

Students can now key in their details and the system will show them the courses for which they are eligible and likely to be accepted.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said this was to reduce the number of disgruntled applicants who could not get their chosen courses when they only met the minimum requirements.

“Applicants must provide their full names, IC numbers and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), and the system will suggest a list of public universities and the courses (that they qualify for),” he told reporters after launching a special secretariat to provide guidance to SPM and STPM school leavers on their future study options.

He stressed that school leavers had to go through this step before they could enter their choice of courses in UPU.

The requirement known as Semak Syarat could be found on http://upu.moe.gov.my.

Although applicants meet a course’s minimum requirements, he said there was no guarantee they would get it as there might be other applicants with higher CGPAs. Citing an example from last year, Kamalanathan said there was an applicant with a CGPA of 2.1 who obtained a place in a public university as he had done research and found out the right courses and public universities that he qualified for.

“There was another applicant who had a CGPA of 3.0 but did not get an offer because he only chose popular courses.

“This is why this system will help applicants to know which are suitable courses,” said Kamalanathan.

He urged SPM and STPM school leavers to carefully research all their study options to avoid disappointment.

On those who did not do well in the examinations, Kamalanathan said they could still enrol in other institutes such as community colleges and polytechnics.

On another matter, Kamalanathan said he had discussed the issue of parents in Selangor being unable to register their children for Year One in 2017. They can only do so online a year before their children start school.

“I hope the issue can be resolved in one or two days,” he said.

SUMBER : THE STAR

Rahsia kejayaan anak penjual mi sup

MOHAMMAD NAJARI SUFYAN (tengah) menerima ciuman tahniah daripada ibunya sambil diperhatikan bapanya, Sufyan Amar selepas mengambil keputusan SPM di SMS Tengku Abdullah, Raub, baru-baru ini.

RAUB 5 Mac – Taat kepada ibu bapa dan sentiasa memohon maaf kepada semua orang menjadi amalan Mohammad Najari Sufyan, 18, yang mendapat keputusan 10A dalam peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Anak penjual mi sup di pasar malam sekitar Raub itu berkata, dia juga tidak berhenti daripada berdoa bagi memohon keampunan Allah SWT dan diberi kejayaan cemerlang di dunia serta akhirat.

“Saya mengamalkan cara pem­belajaran yang biasa tetapi sis­tematik. Bagaimanapun, saya sentiasa menjaga hubungan dengan manusia dan menghormati orang lain.

“Amalan sebelum peperiksaan ialah saya pastikan mendapat restu dari ibu bapa dan memohon maaf daripada semua guru dan rakan-rakan jika ada tersilap dan salah. Dengan cara ini saya berasa tenang dan boleh menjawab soalan dengan baik,” katanya ketika ditemui dalam majlis pengumuman keputusan SPM di Sekolah Menengah Sains (SMS) Tengku Abdullah Raub di sini kelmarin.

Menurut Mohammad Najari, dia tidak menyangka memperoleh keputusan cemerlang itu tetapi memanjatkan kesyukuran kepada Allah atas kejayaan tersebut.

Katanya, dalam masa terdekat dia merancang mencari kerja sambilan membantu ibu bapanya sebelum mengikuti pengajian di mana-mana institusi pengajian tinggi.

“Saya sedar pengorbanan besar ibu dan ayah yang tidak terbalas. Saya mahu melakukan apa termampu bagi membantu dan membahagiakan mereka,” katanya.

Sementara itu, bapanya, Sufyan Amar, 57, berkata, kejayaan anak bongsunya itu amat bermakna dan memberikan kegembiraan kepada mereka sekeluarga.

“Kejayaan ini membuatkan saya rasa amat berbaloi bekerja keras siang dan malam bagi membesarkan mereka dengan berniaga di pasar malam,” ujarnya.

SUMBER : UTUSAN MALAYSIA