SEREMBAN: SM Sains Seremban, which has been the country’s top residential school for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results, has been renamed SM Sains Tuanku Munawir.
It is named after the ninth ruler of Negri Sembilan, Tuanku Munawir Tuanku Abdul Rahman, who reigned from April 5, 1960 to April 14, 1967, and is the father of the present ruler Tuanku Muhriz.
Tuanku Muhriz made the declaration before signing a plaque at the school’s Dewan Putera here yesterday.
Also present was his consort Tuanku Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud.
The school, which also has the distinction of being the country’s top overall achiever for SPM in 2009, has a string of other achievements, including winning the Prime Minister’s Trophy in an English debate for residential schools in 2006.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said that despite being set up only in 2002, the school had made the state proud.
“You have excelled both in the academic field and in co-curricular activities.
“It is our hope that with this recognition, all of you will aspire to do even better,” he said.
Mohamad said the school was renamed after Tuanku Munawir for his contributions to the academic field during his reign.
The school, which took its first batch of Form Four students in February 2002, started operating from premises previously belonging to Sek Dato’ Abdul Razak, which had moved to a new location.
Education Ministry deputy secretary-general Dr Zahri Aziz said the school created history in 2009 when 131 students scored straight As in their SPM with an average grade of 0.97.
“It was the only fully-residential school which scored an average grade of less than one,” he said.
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