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Hearing Impaired Student Excels In SPM

Last update: 16/03/2017
JITRA, March 16 (Bernama) -- The hearing problems faced by Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidate of Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim, here, Muhammad Syahir Umar, did not deter him from excelling in the examination.

Instead, the eldest of five from Kampung Perik, Kuala Nerang proved that he was also capable of scoring 8A+s and 1A, making him the top SPM student of his school.

Muhammad Syahir, 18, suffered from hearing problems on the right side of the ear since small, resulting in his dependence on his left ear to hear well.

"Realising my family's underprivileged condition, I doubled my efforts in my studies. Thus, I needed to listen well in the classroom compared to other students, but I never expected my weakness to give me an advantage," he said after attending the announcement of SPM 2016 results by Kedah education director Datuk Azuyah Hassan here today.

He said the excellent results obtained were gifts to his parents who had sacrificed much for the family and villagers by opening home-tuition classes for academic subjects and Al-Quran recitation.

Muhammad Syahir, who could converse in Japanese, dreamt of becoming an engineer and aspired to further his studies in Japan.

Meanwhile, his father, Umar Mohamed Noor, 59, said Syahir was the hope of the family and a role model to his other siblings to excel academically.

"I always remind my children to always have faith in Allah, respect the elders and behave well if they want to succeed in this life and hereafter", his father added.

From the 34,150 candidates who sat for the 2016 SPM examination in the state, 406 scored As for all subjects, but there was a decline in the number of students sitting for the examination, namely, 44 candidates (0.14 per cent) compared to 446 in 2015.

Overall, the state's National Average Grade (GPN) index improved to 5.20, compared to 5.23 in 2015.