Sin Min Secondary School
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|SMJK Sin Min
|Kuala Muda Yan
Sungai Petani, Kedah, 08000
|Principal||Madam Oi Ai Lin|
|Medium of language||Mostly Chinese|
SMJK Sin Min (新民国民型中学) (Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Sin Min) is a Chinese conforming school which is located in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. The school won the Anugerah Sekolah Harapan Negara in the "Secondary Schools (City)" category of the whole Malaysia in 2006 and the Anugerah Sekolah Cemerlang in 2007. In 2009 the school was awarded the status of Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan (Cluster School Of Excellence). Not only famous in Sungai Petani, SMJK Sin Min is well-known nationwide too.
Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Sin Min, also known as SMSM now, was established in 1957. Before Sin Min was established, the local Chinese population of the Yan's district faces serious problem as there is no secondary schools to allow their children to further their studies after standard six. To overcome this problem,the Board of Governors of Sin Min Primary School held a meeting and discussions to establish a secondary school on 3 June 1951. A Building Committee was established and its chairman is Mr Lim Lean Teng which has donated RM20, 000. Mr Tan Peng Hooi also donated a piece of land measuring over six recesses to form a construction site. Revenue from public donations, including from Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the collection grew to RM160,000. The building is completed in 1956. At first, the school only has 20 classrooms. 2 more classrooms have been converted into a room and administrative offices. Apart from the four blocks of the original classroom, there is also a canteen and a teacher's office.
To make Sin Min Secondary School a High Performance School of world standard by the year of 2016.
SmartCard SMJK Sin Min
SMJK Sin Min is famed for the SmartCard Program which was introduced by ex-principal - Mr. Tee Pak Leong since October 2002. Having functions similar to the Touch 'n Go Card, it comes in handy by decreasing the rate of cases such as money-loss or threats from strangers.
"We have 61 classrooms and form teachers now need not manually check students' attendance as all details are already stored in the SmartCard electronic system." -P.L. Tee
The software for the SmartCard was designed by a former student, Mr. Lau Boon Thong while the attendance section was added by the school's ex-senior assistant, Mr. Choo Kim Eng. The SmartCard also serves as a prepaid card allowing students to top-up money in the card in quanta of RM1, RM5, RM10 and above. Everyone in the school owns a SmartCard - not only students but even teachers and support staffs.