Financial Woes May Force Top Bumi Achiever To Postpone Further Studies

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SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu. – Internet photo

SIBU: Kidin Mering, 58, could not contain his tears of joy when he and his wife Andang Enggu, 47, received the 2016 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) result slip of their only daughter Feroweena at SMK Sacred Heart Tuesday.

Their daughter, who scored 4As in General Studies, Malay Language, Geography and Visual Arts, was the only Bumiputera candidate out of 10 candidates in the school who scored full 4As results.

“I’m very happy with the results my daughter obtained, especially since it was much better than what we expected,” he said when met by reporters after a brief presentation of the STPM results slip.

SMK Sacred Heart topped the list state-wide by scoring an Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.36 followed by SMK Chung Hua, Sibu (3.17) and SMK Tung Hua, Sibu (3.07) in the 2016 STPM results.

Kidin, a worker in the oil and gas sector in Miri, said however Feroweena, who is the fourth among five siblings has yet to decide if she would continue her studies.

He said his income was irregular due to the current uncertain economic situation while Feroweena’s brothers had also asked her to postpone furthering her studies until their family financial situation improves.

According to him, his eldest son is still pursuing a Masters degree in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and would only graduate in April.

The Borneo Post meanwhile reported that SMK Sacred Heart was the nation’s best school in last year’s STPM.

Its principal David Teo received the award from Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.

The school had 137 candidates sitting for the exam, 10 obtained straight A’s while 68 scored at least 2A’s. The passing rate is 100 per cent and the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is 3.36.

“Last year, we were No. 1 in the state and this year we are again the nation’s No. 1,” the online portal quoted Form 6 senior assistant Lai May Ging as telling a press conference.

Of the 10 straight A scorers, six were in the science stream. They were Chris Lau Jing Sheng, Chua Moh Lin, Daniel Wong Chiew Yik, Jerry Tham Jia Xing, Jill Wang Jih Huang and Wong Bai Siong.

The other four from the art stream were Dominic Song Hua Hieng, Elli Ngu Sir Ging, Feroweena and Foo Wen Teck.