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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hard work and determination earn UPSR candidates top spots


Muhamat Roli (left) and Evaluation and Examination Management sector chief Muhd Nawawi Yaakob (right) having a chat with top scorers from SK Manjoi Satu, Ipoh.

DESPITE being diagnosed with mild learning disability, Nur Duratul Aishah Mohd Fairuz, 12, did not let it be a hindrance in her academic progress.

She studied hard to achieve excellent results in various examinations during her six-year studies at SK Jelapang in Ipoh.

All her hard work paid off when she obtained four As and one B in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination.

She was named the state’s top scorer under the ‘excellent pupils with special need’ category.

Nur Daratul Aishah, who only scored three As and two Bs during the trial examination, said she had to double her effort to have a better grasp of all the subjects.

“I had to revise the lesson taught in school almost every day and attend tuition classes diligently.

Suimie (right) showing her UPSR result slip while her father Cornelius (left), mother Wak (second from left), and youngest brother Adib (second from right) look on.

“It was not that difficult because I have support from my family and friends,” she said during a prize-giving ceremony at SK Manjoi Satu in Ipoh on Thursday.

Her proud mother, Noorazlina Ishak, 37, said Nur Daratul Aishah used to have problems communicating with people.

“But I could see that she was determined to overcome this,” said Noorazlina, a postgraduate student.

She added that she had heeded the doctor’s advice by enrolling her daughter in a normal school to help her improve on her social skills.

“Her good results have earned her a spot in the first class but we realised the pressure was too much for her to handle.

“We requested the school to transfer her to the third class, and her ability to learn has improved since then,” she recalled.

Meanwhile, SK Batu Lintang pupil Suimie Cornelius, who obtained straight As in the examination, was one of the top pupils under the orang asli category.

Nur Duratul Aishah (left) kissing her mother Noorazlina after attending a prize-giving ceremony at SK Manjoi Satu.

Suimie, an orang asli from Kampung Sungai Merah, Tapah, said there was no shortcut to obtain good grades in examinations.

“You just have to love the subject and study regularly,” she said.

Suimie, who aspired to study medicine, would continue her secondary education in SM Sains Tapah next year.

Her father Cornelius Linus, 39, and mother Wak Rungkol, 39, and her 11-month-old brother Adib were present at the event to celebrate her success.

At a press conference earlier, State Education director Muhamat Roli Hassan said 18 schools achieved a 100% pass rate in the UPSR examination this year.

There were a total of 844 schools in the state, he added.

“A total of 3,249 out of 38,248 candidates who sat for the examination this year scored straight As (five As for SK schools and seven As for SJK schools).

“Last year, 3,718 from the 43,468 candidates obtained all As,” he added.

In terms of percentage, he said the number of straight As scorers had slightly decreased from 8.55% to 8.49%.

Muhamat Roli said the top three schools with the most straight As pupils were SJK(C) Ave Maria Convent (66 of 336 candidates), SJK(C) Yuk Choy (45 of 328 candidates) and SK Marian Convent (41 of 133 candidates), all in Ipoh.

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