The Exam and The Parents

its that time of the year again,

its the exam season,

first it was UPSR last month and ongoing this week is PMR for form 3 students. next month is SPM kinda busy period for teachers all over the country and a very stressful period for parents. why?

well im not really sure why, but i have a very good but rough idea.

in this country where academic excellence is the sole most important thing for a student, not achieving straight A’s would be a disaster to both parents and the students themselves.

parents are ashamed that their kids are not doing well in school, and is not doing very well they are ashamed that their next door neighbor kids are aced every single exam they take, and their sons not.

im not saying that this happen to me, cuz my mom was very lenient and i am a studyholic back in school days. im also not saying that this happen in every single household here in this country but i can see what this academic excellence is doing to parents nowadays.

the only thing they see is the number of A’s in that piece of paper. sure scoring straight A’s will get you a comercial deal with stabilo, faber-castle and all, but is that number of A’s really worth it to rob a kid’s childhood?

i saw a mom sent her 8 year old to tuition center every single day, man he’s 8 year old for god’s sake. he was supposed to be playing games, getting into sports and all that stuff kids 8 year old s do, but all  hes gonna remember when hes grown up is the smell of that tuition center.

im not saying that academic excellence is not important and kids should be playing all day long. but tone down please. i have pity for kids nowadays. kids should have time to enjoy their childhood too.

i heard a ceramah once saying what parents should do when their young is in exam year, things like start encouraging early, time stable forcing, prepare a wholesome meal, take care of their health, pray much, and etc

all the usual but i kind off exited when hearing the professor said that day to encourage youngsters to do their best and not do the best.

and im like “hey i like her” all of the sudden. then she says about EQ and SQ which was quite heavy and pretty much boring, but then she says the most important phrase that night. stick to my mind

know their (youngsters) potential,

simple enough is it? if at an early age we see that these youngsters are not suited for science, physics, chemistry, and all of the academic stuff, why force them? as long as they do their best, it is okay. maybe they are more into football, let them be the best in football, the 1st professional from Malaysia to play in Europe for instance. if we think that they have talent playing musical instruments. let them play what they like. who knows you maybe nursing the next matthew bellamy.

basicly what im saying here is to change the current philosophy and current way of life that emphasis too much on academic. and i know that the government is doing something and is thinking of erasing UPSR and PMR for the new educational process. but if the rakyat didnt change much, its no use lah!

P/S break a leg people. do your best in your exams.


About najatayub

just another normal person doing normal things everyday but tries to get out of the ordinary.
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