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It Changed My Life: Her list of ex-students reads like a who's who of Singapore

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Mrs Lee Gek Kim with her book, A Reward Beyond Description, which describes her 50 years as a teacher. One of the highlights of her career was seeing all 43 Anglo-Chinese School students of 1988's Secondary 4A class score an A1 for English literature
Mrs Lee Gek Kim with her book, A Reward Beyond Description, which describes her 50 years as a teacher. One of the highlights of her career was seeing all 43 Anglo-Chinese School students of 1988's Secondary 4A class score an A1 for English literature. Science students at that time had to include a humanities subject in their aggregate score to get into junior college.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

It is a rare scholastic feat, one which is yet to be surpassed. In 1988, all 43 students of Class 4A at Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) scored an A1 for English literature in the O levels.

A remarkable achievement, made even more so because the boys were not from the arts stream but were "triple science" students taking physics, chemistry and biology. In those days, science students had to include a humanities subject in their overall aggregate for admission into junior college.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Her list of ex-students reads like a who's who of Singapore'. Subscribe