Monday, 25 November 2013

My attempt bore fruit ...

Hi peeps.

Feeling good today. This piece came unexpectedly. Although my first try was unsuccessful, my second attempt bore fruit! You may check out my first here.


Published: Monday November 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday November 25, 2013 MYT 11:33:53 AM

Don’t penalise candidates for blunder by the syndicate

I REFER to the article “Exams syndicate: There was no change in Moral paper format” (The Star, Nov 22).
The excuses given by the Examination Syndicate sadden us all, the parents and SPM candidates.
It is utterly shocking and unforgiving. The syndicate is clearly seen to be giving lame excuses in their bid to escape from the trap that they themselves set up for the Moral Studies candidates.
It is true that the paper still consists of two sections as in previous years. But, what has been changed was the nature of the questions.
The candidates who had been trained for years to adhere to the laid out format strictly got a shock of their lives when given the questions on the exam day.
Bear in mind that these candidates are merely teenagers of 16 to 18 years of age. They are neither Masters or PhD students who could adapt to the drastic changes in such a short period.
In short, the changes, no matter how small they were, would definitely have jeopardised their concentration, both emotionally and mentally.
I laud the intention of the syndicate which was said to discourage rote learning and memorising.
However, I would like to stress that students and teachers must be informed of the changes prior to the exam.
Failing to do so is a blunder, and apparently damage will be caused to the candidates.
Since the oversight is irreversible, my only hope is that, the marking of the paper would be done fairly and thoughtfully.
These candidates are our future leaders; and it is our hope to see them live up to the 36 values which they have learned diligently.
Baling, Kedah

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