Nerve disorder no barrier for top STPM student


PUTRAJAYA: Khairunnisaq Khairuddin often missed classes due to a nerve disorder which weakens her muscles and causes a deformed spine, but she managed to score a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 in her Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).

The 19-year-old former student of SMK Bandar Mas in Kota Tinggi, Johor, suffers from spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA II) with kyphoscoliosis, which requires follow-up treatment on a monthly basis.

“My entire body often becomes numb and I could only lie down at home. However, my teachers helped me a lot by delivering notes to my home when I do not attend school,” she told reporters when the 2016 STPM results were announced here yesterday.

Khairunnisaq received the Best Student for STPM 2016 award under the students with special needs category from Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid, RM1,000 cash, a certificate and a plaque from the Malaysian Examination Council.

The daughter of a security guard hopes that her success story will inspire other disabled students to work hard and chase their dreams.

“We must always be grateful for what we have and use the best of our ability although it’s pretty limited. In addition, support from teachers and friends is very important too,” said the teenager, who wants to become a psychology specialist.