10 top schools in Malaysia named for residential category
The Ministry of Education today revealed its much anticipated list of 10 top schools in Malaysia after the previous intention of the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to announce it a few weeks back. This is the first list or rank of its kind. Muhyiddin is also the current Education Minister.
As anticipated, several high profile schools, especially those government-supported full boarding and residential schools appeared on the list (particularly Sekolah Tun Fatimah, Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah and Kolej Tunku Kurshiah) which made up part of the 10 residential secondary schools selected.
Apart from the 10 residential schools, four day schools (SMK (P) Sri Aman, SMK Aminuddin Baki, SMK Sultanah Asma and SMK (P) St. George) and six primary schools (SK Seri Bintang Utara, SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail, SK Bukit Damansara, SK Zainab (2), SK Convent Taiping and SK Bandar Baru Uda 2) are ranked in the coveted 20-school list.
However, no MRSM was named in the list, while a number of so-called low profile schools made surprise entries.
Full list of top 10 schools in Malaysia (residential)
1. Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah (SAS), Putrajaya
Formerly known as Sekolah Alam Shah, SAS is a full boarding or residential school that has also obtained the the Cluster School, Smart School and Bestari School status. SAS was one of the earliest Malay-stream schools that provided the form sixth classes and became an important stepping stone for many students vying to enter top tertiary institutions. For more than 4 decades, the school was based in Kuala Lumpur before transferring to a new site in Putrajaya.
2. Sekolah Seri Puteri (SSP), Selangor
Sekolah Seri Puteri or SSP began its history with the name of Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Kolam Ayer. The school was facing shortage of teaching staff early in its formative years and had to employ teachers from neighbouring countries before they were being replaced by local workforce. Before its move to the current site in Cyberjaya, SSP was considered one of the smallest boarding schools in the country in terms of campus size.
3. Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak (SDAR), Negeri Sembilan
First established in Johor Bahru with merely 80 students just before Malaya’s independence, SDAR is one of the oldest all-boys fully residential schools which entered the education scene. The school is prominent not only in academic field but also in sports, particularly its flagship sport, rugby. After Johor Bahru, it relocated to Tanjung Malim in 1957, later to Seremban in 1972 and finally to Sungai Gadut, Seremban in 2002.
4. Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, Seremban (TKC), Negeri Sembilan
Located in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, the all-girls school TKC takes the name of Tunku Kurshiah, in honour of the country’s first queen. It takes more than academic excellence to get into this school, where a student is expected to be on top of her co-curricular fields and sporting activities. The school was first established in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur before moving to the current location in the 60s.
5. Sekolah Tun Fatimah (STF), Johor
A full boarding school with the number of selected students filtered carefully by folks at the MOE (Ministry of Education). Consistently featured in the top school lists for excellence in academic (PMR and SPM) and co-curricular activities. Founded in Melaka by the name of Sekolah Menengah Perempuan Melayu, the school moved to a new site in Johor Bahru in 1962, and remains until today.
6. Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Perak
MCKK was founded with the initial objective to create elite Malays, especially the rulers’ and leaders’ rank. It grew to become a production house for many prominent (and to a few, controversial) figures such as Sultan Azlan Shah, Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Dato’ Dr. Hj Fadzilah Kamsah, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Hassan Merican and fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK).
7. Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim (SEMSAH), Kedah
Taking its initial sharing base in Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Alor Setar, Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim or SEMSAH was established as the need to accommodate the increasing number of students rose. The current site in Jitra was officially opened in 1965 by the ruler of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. Some local folks refer the school by the name of ‘Sekolah Jenan’.
8. Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, (KISAS) Klang
KISAS was first founded in 1955 with the original name of Kolej Islam Malaya. Its heritage site was once a palace and was donated by the late Sultan Hishamuddin Ibni Sultan Sulaiman as an effort to produce prominent scholars and religious teachers. In late 60s, the school changed its name to Kolej Islam Klang, and some time after being upgraded to full residential school, the name was changed again to Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, KISAS.
9. SMS Tuanku Syed Putra, Perlis
The best school in Perlis, Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Syed Putra was conceived in 1973, taking the usual old trend of settling in a shared premise. A few years after the establishment, the teachers and students were blessed with the finding of a new dedicated campus in Behor Pulai, nearby the state capital, Kangar.
10. SMS Muzaffar Syah, Melaka
Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Shah began its history as Sekolah Menengah Sains Melaka and is located at an elevated area of over 100 meters above the sea level. More popularly known among the residential schools fraternity as ‘Moz@c’ (or Mozac), the school houses both male and female students.