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V. Shankar Ganesh
Jubilant students posing with their teachers at SJKT Simpang Lima following the UPSR results. — Pic courtesy of PTA chairman P. Ramachandran.
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KLANG, Nov 17, 2015:
It was a sort of vindication for the nation’s first Tamil cluster school SJKT Simpang Lima when it once again emerged as the top scoring Tamil school in the UPSR examinations.
It produced 49 students with 7As and has recaptured its top ranking in the country.
Last year’s top school SJKT Taman Tun Aminah in Johor Baru has slipped to second place with 22 straight A students compared to 44 students last year.
Its Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman R. Ramachandran said Simpang Lima had been the top Tamil school since 2008 and in 2013, produced a record of 63 7A students.
“In 2014, we expected some 90 students to get 7As but little did we realise that we were in for a shock. We only had 27 students with straight As and dropped to number three in the country.”
He said it was a dark chapter for them as students nationwide had to re-sit their examinations which affected them tremendously. The re-sits were ordered after exam papers were leaked out.
The school PTA was also vociferous in protesting the re-sit and had even called on the then Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign over the fiasco.
He said the surprising end result of only 27 students getting 7As had demoralised many including students and teachers, with many feeling penalised for various reasons.
“But we have bounced back and we feel vindicated by the result,” said the elated chairman.
Ramachandran added that the school carried out so many programmes to benefit the students and could even be considered as a role model school.
He said there more than 2,400 students in the school from varied backgrounds and it gave them a great challenge in moulding them.
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