When major examination results are due to be announced, many people got nervous. In Malaysia, the most serious one has always been SPM, and yesterday, the SPM results for 2011 were announced. The media, for one reason or another prefer to highlight improvement of results. Perhaps because everybody enjoys good news better. Those higher up in the administration would like to establish the “feel-good” situation. So, there must be improvement in performance every year, you better choose which data to highlight to provide that aura. Problems can be dealt with later, if needed. Mmm…
See these for example:
PUTRAJAYA: The overall achievement of students for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2011 examinations was the best recorded in five years.
“The overall SPM achievement for 2011 improved from the year before, with the National Average Grade at 5.04 compared with 5.19 in 2010.
“This is indicative of an upward trend of the National Average Grade from 2007 to 2011,” said Education director-general Datuk Seri Abd Ghafar Mahmud when releasing the 2011 SPM results analysis at the Education Ministry yesterday….
The STAR, March 22, 2012
PUTRAJAYA: A total of 559 candidates obtained the A+ highest grade in all the subjects they sat for in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year, up from the 403 for the year 2010, it was announced today….
New Straits Times, March 22, 2012
Malaysian parents are getting obsessed with how many A’s their children bringing home. It is a game of getting good results. Perhaps we didn’t even care whether or they understood whatever they had learnt. We want the A’s !!!
Not long ago I was told of an incident where a boy left home when his parents could not accept the fact that he performed poorly in the SPM. I didn’t asked the details, but the parents were succesful educators with high expectations. What a sad story.
Well, typical of any parent, we would like our children to do well in everything, but, if they somehow didn’t, we just have to accept it and start to plan ahead. I’m sure that there are plan B or plan C that can be adopted. There are simply many options. It is not the end of the world if the kid only managed to get 1 or 2 A’s instead of 9 or 10. In fact, they can even emerge as somebody more succesful in future, compared to those who were high flyers of SPM. We just have to be optimistic. The existing education systems provide many options. There’s an academic track, vocational and semi vocational routes. In the end, what’s important is that we need to prepare them with the ability to stand on their own, leading their own life. We need to show them the way and let them explore their potentials according to their liking.
So, my friends, lets acccept whatever results that they brought home. Sit down and discuss about the future and start charting the future map. God Willing, they’ll succeed.