Posted tagged ‘education’

Is examination an obstacle to learning?

June 24, 2010

Like all previous education ministers, the current DPM and education minister Tan Sri Muyhiddin Yasin is attempting to mark his footprint in the education system. All previous prime ministers were once education ministers. Therefore along the way education system in Malaysia was politicized and the current education minister is practicing the same.

Examination is a common measuring instrument to evaluate the skill or knowledge of students from the given syllabus. It is also a parameter to determine how effectively and efficiently the teachers have imparted the syllabus content and the school as an effective educational institution.

The results of these examinations are normally used by decision makers for assessing student ability, streaming purpose, teacher training planning, allocation of resources etc. Common examination is also useful for selection of students into residential and science schools as the results will be quite reliable.

We already have so much discontent and unhappiness on the selection process of scholarships, matriculation and university intake. Straight As students don’t get scholarships and places in universities. Malaysians have not disputed the examination results but only the selection process for scholarships and higher education institutions. Now the education minister is adding fuel to the already flammable and contagious issue by introducing school based examinations.

All the previous education ministers have slowly eroded the credibility of our once highly respected education system. Now we have graduates who are unemployable after all the years in schools. Besides their subject matter skills our local graduates are weak in people skills, critical thinking skills, poor attitude, commitment and passion to do something new and better for the society.

Examination provides credibility, focus, measurement and purpose for the education system. It has to be independent, common and free from bias and a bench mark for it to be accepted and respected. The Malaysian education has already lost much of its luster all this while. Schools are still producing As because of the support of numerous tuition centers in our country. Now the education minister wants this important evaluation process to be handled by teachers. Teachers have been reduced to order takers from the ministry officials who are high and might. These ministry officials implement the will and wish of their political masters.

We have national schools, vernacular school, religious schools, independent schools and private schools. Can we have a school based evaluation which will be accepted by all? Mr Education minister please go down check the pulse of parents and students. Malaysians must wake and have their say in this matter otherwise whatever little left that too will disappear.

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A government that cannot provide scholarship for poor bright students have no right to govern

June 10, 2010

At the press meeting in Nagas restaurant in brickfields on 1st June 2010 a number of students with more than 10 As in SPM examination came complaining that they did not get JPA scholarship nor matriculation seat in residential colleges. Their parents work as lorry drivers, taxi drivers, petty traders and menial workers. It is unfortunate that the government could not include these students for scholarship or accommodate them for matriculation seats. MP for Rasah Anthoy Loke who was present said that the number of scholarships have reduced from the previous years.

Provision of quality education is the responsibility of government and providing scholarship or matriculation seat for deserving students is nation building which a good government will happily undertake. A government that cannot provide these has no business to govern and sure to fall in the near future. It is a failure on the part of government not to help good students to study further. Education Ministry officials must think as where these students will go if there is no support to study further. Education is the only way for poor students to uplift them and their family from poverty.

Some of the parents who spoke in the meeting said that they had used their hard earned savings to educate their other children and they cannot effort anymore. Only then they turn to government support. Looks like the government has failed in the social responsibilities to provide for deserving students the help they are looking. These students may resort to seek support from neighboring countries.

Malaysia is a resource rich country blessed with oil, rich crops, industrious people and it is located in growth region. BN politicians and their cronies are squandering and abusing the resources for their own well being.

Government can subsidize toll operators, IPPs, AP permits, PKFZ, perwaja steel, Bakun project, wasteful and megaprojects. They find it difficult to provide scholarship for poor deserving students. Malaysians have paid for the poor governance and continue to pay for costly decisions taken by the BN government.

A responsible government will provide at least further education opportunities in local universities for these worthy students. They can be trained into useful human resources for nation building. How else can the government retain and employ good personals to run and manage government services.