Joy and jubilation were ubiquitous for Nov 2009 CIE
(Cambridge International Examination) student, Ms
Kaveiinaa Mathavan of Sunway College Johor Bahru (SYCJB).
The A-Level student who achieved 4 A’s could not be
happier when she was offered a full Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD)
scholarship to pursue Bachelor of Economics with the
University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Kaveiinaa was among the 63 recipients who received their
scholarships and bursaries from YSD Council governor Tan
Sri Dr Wan Zahid Mohd Noordin in Kuala Lumpur.
“I am one step closer to realising my dreams. My college days at SYCJB have
been most rewarding as it has given me the freedom and
maturity to be a successful and contented individual,”
The young achiever later
revealed that she pursued the GCE A-Level
qualification because it is one of the most recognised
pre-university qualifications and is accepted
as a proof of academic ability for entry into
“To me, keeping up with my good
grades was rather challenging because I have fellow
classmates who are also very academically inclined,” she
Ms How Pei Lin, Head of
Pre-University programmes, explained that the tutorial
and counselling sessions not only focus on academic
matters; but also emphasised career guidance and
university placements for the students.
“Every year during Parents’ Day, we
forge close rapport with students and parents by
discussing the students’ academic progress, as well as
extra curricular matters that can lead to strategic
planning for the students’ tertiary education.”
The programme, she added, is assessed
wholly through external examinations and the papers are
set and marked by examiners from CIE.
Students are also assessed internally
through class tests, assignments and mock examinations
to monitor their progress and provide them with feedback
for continuous improvement.
Kaveiinaa, who aspires to be an
economist, praised her Economics lecturer, Mr Ng Seng
“I like Mr Ng’s teaching style as he
relates textbook theories to current economic issues. It
makes the class livelier and it just gets you so
interested in the subject!”
“Ultimately, it is how you try to
make the lessons as creative as possible for the
students to enjoy learning the subject,” said Mr Ng.
Economics lecturer, Mr Ng Seng Chow