SEBERANG PERAI (Feb 21, 2011): Eleven schools in Penang recorded a 100% passing rate in all subjects in the 2010 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination. They are SMKA Al-Mashoor (P) with nine candidates, SMK Sri Muda (22), SMJK (C) Chung Hwa Confucian (50), SMJK (C) Chung Ling (214), SMJK (C) Heng Ee (120), SMK Raja Tun Uda (6), SMKA Al-Irshah (20), SMK Bakti (27), SMK Dato’ Onn (37), SMK Telok Air Tawar (14) and SM Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan (2).
Announcing the state-level results today, Penang Education Department examination assessment head Yeoh Kok Kheng said of the 2,493 candidates in Penang who told the examination last year, 95.66% of them had passed at least of the subjects undertaken.
“This is slightly lower compared to 96.75% last year,” said Yeoh, who made the announcement on behalf of the state education department director Ibrahim Mohamad. Ibrahim is away on meeting in Putrajaya.
However, he said the passing rate is higher than the national’s rate, which is at 94.63%.
Yeoh added that 58 candidates had achieved a 4.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA), with SMJK (C) Jit Sin and SMJK (C) Chung Ling Butterworth leading the pack with 13 and 12 candidates respectively.
The others schools with 4.0 GCPA students are SMJK (C) Chung Ling with eight candidates, SMJK (C) Chung Hwa Confucian, SMJK (C) Heng Ee, and Methodist Boys’ Secondary School has four students each; Penang Chinese Girls’ School and SMK Bukit Mertajam with three candidates each; SMK Mutiara Impian has two candidates while Penang Free School, St Xavier Institution, SMK Penanti, SMK Tinggi Bukit Mertajam and SMK Tunku Abd Rahman, Nibong have a candidate each.
“Of the 3,241 candidates who took the examination last year, 2,649 were from government schools, 374 candidates from private schools and 218 private candidates,” Yeoh told a press conference at the SMK Dato’ Haji Ahmad Badawi in Kepala Batas.
From the list of the schools which scored 100%, SMJK (C) Chung Hwa Confucian (50) is not an elite school, it is a school where normally parents will reluctant to sent their children to. SMJK (C) Chung Hwa Confucian, has four students who scored full As with GCPA of 4. It now ranked equally with the famous and more popular elite school like SMJK (C) Chung Ling (214), SMJK (C) Heng Ee (120).
The results proved that SMJK (C) Chung Hwa Confucian, a non elite schools can still do well. Thanks to the headmaster and teachers, and also the students themselves who have made the name of the school stand tall.
Now it is time, the government and the parents, the public provide support to the school, as they really need some upgrade of their school infrastructure. Their achievement is much more meaningful than other elite schools, as they are not expected to do well by the public opinion. The school was once considered as cowboy school, and only the last choice by parents. But not now, they can now stand equally with elite schools of the state, the students can now stand tall. They can do well if they work hard. Like SMJK (C) Heng Ee, the school is now a school to shine in the state, as well as the country, just like they have done well in the national level mathematics competition.
Congratulation, SMJK (C) Chung Hwa Confucian, you are the best.