YTLcommunity News, November 4, 2008
Kuala Lumpur: The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) was introduced by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) twenty years ago. It has now become the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.
In 2004, CIE formally introduced the ‘Brilliance in Malaysia’ awards, recognising high achieving IGCSE students in Malaysia. It is a fact that over the years, Malaysian students have come top in the world in IGCSE examination results, excelling in subjects across the curriculum. A number of Malaysian schools have also been rated as some of the world’s best, judging from their overall IGCSE performances. Garden International School Kuala Lumpur is one of them.
In this year’s IGCSE examination results, Garden International School swept most of the awards in the ‘Top in Malaysia’ category. (Its Sixth Form School also achieved the amazing feat of producing some of the best Cambridge A/AS Level examination results in the country.) Amongst the IGCSE award winners at Garden International School is Rebecca Yeoh Pei Wenn, the youngest daughter of Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad. Rebecca came top in the country for Geography.
When Rebecca was asked how she felt receiving the hard-earned accolade, her reply was typically modest. Rebecca said, “I am extremely happy to have received this coveted prize. I would firstly like to thank my parents for their love and support, my geography teachers at Garden International School and also my tuition teachers. But most importantly, I owe all credit to my Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him, this could not have been possible.”
Rebecca’s achievement mirrors her brother’s. In 2004, Joshua Yeoh Keong Junn, the third son of Tan Sri Francis Yeoh was awarded the Mathematics award. (Joshua was also a student at Garden International School.)