Top students share journey to success

Lyna Mohamad

Lee Yong Peng has his mother to thank for the six distinctions he scored for his GCE ‘O’ Level examinations last year.

A recipient of the DANA Excellent Student Incentive Award (AIPC-DANA) 2020, Lee takes pride in doing what makes his mother feel valued for her hard work in trying to provide him and his sister with good education since his father passed away.

The 16-year-old also successfully applied for the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) scholarship in enrolling for a programme at the Jerudong International School (JIS), where he will take more science subjects, especially physics, as he is set on achieving his goal of becoming an engineer.

A former student at Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, Lee has vowed to continue studying hard for his family’s sake.

“I hope to ease their burdens in the future, as my family is constantly beset with financial issues,” he said.

DANA Excellent Student Incentive Award (AIPC-DANA) 2020 recipients in a group photo. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD

Meanwhile, Ampuan Amirah Farahiyah binti Ampuan Haji Mohamad said that she had to pay for her GCE ‘O’ Level examination last year, which was a strong motivation for scoring nine ‘O’ levels.

She credited her mother for her success, saying, “She has been my strongest supporter and motivator since my father passed away when I was very young.”

Ampuan Amirah plans to take a course in medicine and specialise in dermatology, on completing her ‘A’ Levels.

“I’ve always enjoyed taking care of my skin ever since I was a child, and that prompted my strong interest in this particular field,” she said.

Shahrul Nizam bin Jaluddin admitted that he struggled with English and Additional Maths, despite scoring distinctions for six other subjects.

“Most of my revision for the ‘O’ Level was done at my friend’s house where we had a group study and shared points among us, except for the subjects involving calculations which I did at home,” said the former student of Rimba I Secondary School.

Shahrul plans to enrol at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) after his ‘A’ Level and take up medicine: “It has always been my childhood dream to be involved in the field of medicine and help treat sick people.”

Muhammad Raqib bin Tuah, a recipient of the Religious Education Primary Schools Certificate (SSRU) Examination Excellence Award, thanked his religious teachers for guiding him through six years of religious studies.

Currently a Year 9 student at Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College, Muhammad Raqib who scored Grade 1 and Aggregate 5 for his SSSRU, is now preparing for his next public examinations.

Fifteen-year-old Muhammad Danial bin Yusop, another high scorer in the SSSRU category, also completed six years of religious studies last year.

“A week before the exams, I did my revision at home after returning from morning and afternoon lessons, and again just before midnight,” he said.

Currently studying at the Rimba I Secondary School, Muhammad Danial is preparing to score high grades for his ‘O’ Level examinations in the next few years: “I am confident that I will be able to do so, as I have been getting good grades at present.”