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8 theSun | FRIDAY MARCH 13 2009

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Top-scorers share success tips


by Chin Lee Kam While the two 14As scorers were both from
newsdesk@thsundaily.com science stream, Tee Ee Lyn, 18, proved that a
top scorer can also come from the commerce
PETALING JAYA: The hall was filled with noises class.
of students and their parents talking, laughing “Revise, listen to the teachers, and research
and snapping pictures until, finally, the teachers past years’ papers are the ways to score,” Ee
came in, carrying boxes of result slips. Lyn, who obtained 12As, said. She is doing the
The long wait for SMK Katholik Petaling Jaya A-levels in HELP University College and hopes to
students ended in tears, laughter and hugs when receive a JPA scholarship.
they received their SPM results. Most passed Out of the sea of similar faces, Juliana Jee Jefri
with flying colours – 38.1% scored 9As or more, Jee, 18, certainly stood out with her rare identity
with two getting 14As and more than 100 getting in the school. Scooping 12As in SPM, Juliana Jee
more than 10As. shared her joy with her family who were also
Low Jun Jack, 18, one of the 14As scorers, present at the school.
said he felt relieved. Currently an A-level student “I believe one has to study smart; I think last-
at Taylor’s College, he hopes his achievement will minute work will not
get him a scholarship. be good, and it should
“Paying attention in be prepared stage
class is essential,” said by stage,” said the
Jun Jack. current scholarship
The other 14As holder in HELP Uni-
scorer, Wong Chee versity College.
Keong, 18, said he was “Juliana has been
happy and grateful to very hardworking,
his family, especially and I’m very proud
his father, for their sup- of her,” said her
port. He believed being mother Zainun Ab-
motivated is the key to dul Rahman, who
passing exams with fly- an d Chee Keong. sent all her children
Jun Jack (left)
ing colours. 14As scorers to SMK Katholik.
THESUN
SHARIL AMIN/

6,277 score straight As


in SPM Among the special students, Mohd Shafiq
Sahdon from Sekolah Menengah Sains Kluang,
Johor who has impaired vision, scored 12As
while hearing-impaired Aghilan Narayanan,
from SMK Jalan Bukit, Kajang, scored 11As.
Alimuddin said results of subjects like
PUTRAJAYA: The 2008 Sijil Pelajaran Ma- mathematics, science, history, moral and Ba-
laysia (SPM) results announced yesterday hasa Melayu showed a marked improvement
saw 6,277 students scoring straight As in all but English and pendidikan Islam reflected a
subjects compared with 5,060 in 2007. slight drop in performance.
Education Ministry director-general Datuk He also said more students answered math-
Alimuddin Mohd Dom said from the total, ematics and science questions in the English
1,676 scored A1s in all subjects compared with language and described it as a heartening
892 in 2007 while 181,416 or 46.7% passed all development.
subjects compared with 175,452 in 2007. “For example, in the additional mathemat-
“There were four excellent result achievers ics paper I, of the 178,751 students who sat for
who scored A1s in all 16 subjects, two who the paper 89.1% of them answered in English
scored A1s in 15 subjects while six scored compared with 4.7% in Bahasa Malaysia,” he
A1s in 14 subjects,” said Alimuddin while an- said.
nouncing the SPM and STAM results here. Alimuddin said high percentages were
He said of the four 16A1s achievers, two also recorded for the additional mathematics
were from SMK Yoke Kuan, Sekinchan, Selan- II paper, biology II and III papers; chemistry II
gor while the others were from SMK Tung Hua, and III papers and the mathematics II paper.
Sibu, and SMK Riam Road, Miri, Sarawak. He said no comparison was made with
Last year, 442,936 sat for SPM compared previous years, since at that time the ministry
with 439,255 in 2007 while 435 special stu- did not give students the choice of language,
dents also sat for the examination last year especially for the objective questions.
compared with 355 the previous year. – Bernama

the 9m crocodile attacked the boat, the pro-


vincial government said in a statement.
briefs The reptile damaged the boat and the
girl fell into the water, the official statement
said, while a companion managed to swim to
Copter with 18 aboard crashes safety. Her headless torso was recovered on
Wednesday. – AFP
OTTAWA: A helicopter with 18 people aboard
crashed yesterday into the Atlantic Ocean off the
coast of Canada’s Newfoundland province while N. Korea plans rocket launch
en route to an oil rig, an official told AFP. SEOUL: North Korea has given global agencies
A search and rescue operation was under way, notice of its plans to launch a satellite from
said Gerry Grychowski, a spokeswoman for the April 4-8, an official said yesterday in a move
Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax. Washington has called “provocative” and
Two people and a raft were spotted in the wa- views as a disguised long-range missile test.
ter 87km southeast of Saint Johns, Newfoundland, Pyongyang gave notice it expects the first
soon after the crash at 9.18 am local time (8.18pm stage of the rocket to splash down in the East
in Malaysia), she said. Sea, better known as the Sea of Japan, and
The helicopter was ferrying workers to the the second stage to splash down in the Pacific
Hibernia offshore oil platform when it plunged Ocean, Yonhap news agency quoted sources
into the frigid waters of the Atlantic, amid strong familiar with the notice as saying. – Reuters
winds, she said. – AFP
Thai PM faces censure motion
Crocodile kills girl BANGKOK: Thailand’s opposition yesterday filed
ROSARIO (Philippines): A huge freshwater a censure motion against Prime Minister Abhisit
crocodile killed a schoolgirl after attacking a Vejjajiva and five government ministers, accusing
small boat in a southern Philippine marshland them of corruption.
where the reptiles are protected, officials said The move by the Puea Thai party, which is allied
yesterday. to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is
The girl, a member of the ethnic Manobo the second step in their bid to topple the gov-
tribe who live in floating homes in the Agusan ernment, following the launch of impeachment
Marsh, was heading home on Tuesday when proceedings on Wednesday. – AFP

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