Friday March 22, 2013
S’wak produces 35 perfect A+ scorers
By YU JI
KUCHING: A total of 35 Sarawakians scored perfect A+ results for all their subjects in SPM, with Ngu Lih Bin from Sibu topping the charts, scoring an impressive 12 A+.
Ngu scored the best results of any Sarawakian school-leaver this year, leading a pack of nine 11 A+ scorers in the top 10. Interestingly, all the state’s top SPM scorers were from Sibu, with the exception of second best scorer Diane Ngu Dai En, who is from SMK Kuching High.
According to a list of all 25 perfect scorers released to the media yesterday, students from three Sibu schools dominated the charts. Seven, including Ngu, were SMK Methodist students, one from SMK Sacred Heart and another from SMK Tung Hua.
Students from Kuching, mainly SMK Green Road, SMK Kuching High and SMK Batu Lintang, took the majority of the top 11-20 positions, while the rest of the field belonged to students from Miri’s SMK Chung Hua and SMK St Columbia.
Nonetheless, according to the state Education Department’s Average School Grade (ASG) rating system, the school with the best overall result is SM Sains Kuching, which scored 1.53, SM Sains Miri (2.13), Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah Kuching (2.39), SMK Methodist Sibu (3.0) and SMK St Elizabeth Sibu (3.04).
Students who take SPM are allowed a maximum 12 papers, which they select from a total of 90 subjects available at different schools. The passing of Bahasa Malaysia is compulsory to pass SPM.
Sarawak Education Department director Abdillah Adam yesterday said the results this year were “very encouraging” given the year on year improvements. Almost all subjects saw passing rates increased between 2011 and 2012.
Aside from subjects where the passing rates were 100%, students who took the Chinese paper did well, with a passing rate of 99.32%. For Bahasa Iban, the passing rate was high too at 88.47%.
Sarawakian students also did remarkably well in subjects like English Literature, achieving a passing rate of 100%, or 5.5% higher than the national average.
The report, which was presented by Abdillah, was at the new Sarawak Education Department headquarters in Jalan Diplomatik here. A selection of the state’s top scorers and their parents attended the event, where they were presented with their certificates.
Among the top scoring students at the event yesterday was Abdillah’s own daughter Nur Azziera Abdillah, who scored four A+ and five A's.