KOTA KINABALU: Revising lessons at dawn was one of the recipes for success adopted by Fazira Muslim, one of the 31 students who scored Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 for the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) in Sabah.
Fazira, 20, a student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kota Klias, Beaufort, said she set a timetable that includes studies as early as 4am to revise each of the subjects she was taking before going to school at 6am.
“I will divide one day for one subject. I choose dawn because it is very quiet and fresh and I can concentrate,” said the second of three siblings when met by Bernama after the announcement of the state level 2016 STPM examination results, here Tuesday.
Fazira who likes listening to songs to continue being motivated when revising her lessons in addition to paying attention to what is being taught in the classroom, obtained 4As in General Studies, Bahasa Melayu, History, Geography and B for Visual Arts.
Aspiring to become a teacher, Fazira is also determined to change her family’s lifestyle for the better because only her mother worked now as a cleaner and her sister works as a clerk to support the family because her father had passed away a long time ago.
Another Sabah STPM candidate who obtained 4.00 CGPA, Noorasfarina Jul Akmad said she regarded her school as her second home.
The student of SMK Bugaya, Semporna, said her school is committed to ensuring that students who took the STPM examination gained excellent results by conducting various activities including additional classes.
“Studying Form Six has been a most challenging, extraordinary effort for me and the end result has been worth it,” she said adding that excelling in the STPM was the second success after obtaining 8A 1B in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Sabah Education Department director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said as many as 53 secondary schools in Sabah achieved 100 per cent passes in the 2016 STPM examination results compared with only 41 schools in 2015.
Cumulative Grade Point Average value for Sabah STPM examination also showed an improvement of 0.07 that is 2.58 for 2016 compared with 2.51 for 2015, she said.