TEMERLOH, February 12 : Total of 117 ‘Empower Temerloh’ students who sat for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination in 2011 achieved 100 per cent passes, with 26 students scoring 5As or more.

The students were from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Mentakab, SMK Lanchang and SMK Seberang Temerloh which participated in the Academic Skill Training under the East Coast Economic Region’s (ECER) ’empower’ programme.

The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the Academic Skill Training is 100% passes in Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), PMR and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations. Even though the training was targeted on average and below average students, 17 PMR students in 2011 emerged as top scorers with three registering 8As in all their subjects taken, seven obtaining 7As and another seven securing 6As.

Lanchang Assemblyman Y.B. Dato’ Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin, who is also Pahang State Committee Chairman for Information, Science, Technology and Innovation, presented awards to the 17 top scorers today under the ‘Juara Empower Temerloh PMR’ category.

ECER Development Council (ECERDC) Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Jebasingam Issace John, said the 100 per cent passes achieved by the ‘Empower Temerloh’ students in PMR 2011 showed the effectiveness of the training modules in guiding students to be better prepared for public examinations.

“We are very happy with the enormous success of the students under ‘Empower Temerloh’ and the continuous support of the schools’ principals and teachers towards the programme,” he pointed out.

Dato’ Issace noted that under the ’empower’ programme in Pahang, Temerloh rolled out the most top scorers for UPSR and PMR last year, with 38 UPSR students scoring straight As. A total of 421 students enrolled under the Academic Skill Training programme in Temerloh last year.

“Following the impressive results in UPSR and PMR examinations for 2011, we are optimistic that similarly all ’empower’ students will show vast improvement and secure 100 per cent passes in this year’s PMR, UPSR, and SPM examinations,” he added.

Provided for free, the ’empower’ programme consists of Academic Skill Training which helps students achieve academic excellence, and Entrepreneurship Skill Training, aimed to provide technical skills to participants in order to generate additional income.

The ’empower’ programme in Temerloh involved a pioneer batch of 921 local residents comprising students, youth and adults.