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Examinations: Call For ‘A’ Minds To Be Turned To Knowledge Minds

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KUALA LUMPUR – Society must correct the myopic thinking that the learning process is merely to get ‘A’ grade but is a continuous process to gain general knowledge, was the take by four stakeholders following the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) fiasco .

Universiti Malaya (UM) Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari said a student’s success did not depend fully on getting excellent results but also on getting life’s knowledge like leadership skills among others.

“This is a major challenge currently as the mindsets of parents and children is that learning is only geared towards getting As and being number one in class.

“This is like a contest for the children and parents to the extent the excessively high expectation attracted the attention of certain quarters to take the opportunity to leak the examination questions,” he told Bernama.

He was commenting on the leaks involvinf the 018, 028, 038 science and 014/1 and 014/2 English examination papers in this year’s UPSR examination, which has forced a resit of papers on Sept 30.

Muhammad Muhsin said, in the effort to tackle the incident, the UPSR format perhaps should be changed to formative assessment or continuous evaluation.

He clarified that the capability and intellectual power of the students could be tested via 70 per cent skill including co-curriculum and the rest via a final examination.

In the meantime, Muhammad Muhsin said such incidents would affect the development of the personality of the pupils involved because psychologically they might be able to interpret the dishonesty in society.

“So, if the situation is not corrected in the best possible manner, children of this age will see bad things and dishonesty as normal and not wrong morally,” he said.

Meanwhile, National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the role of teachers was also important in the effort to ensure the incident was not repeated.

She said teachers were advised against making any forecast questions through the social website because it could be misinterpreted by certain irresponsible quarters who would take the opportunity to profit.

President of the Association of Parent Action Group for Education (Page), Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the incident caused problems to the parents.

At the same time, she did not rule out ill-intention on the part of parents who were eager to see their children excel by divulging the leaked questions to them.

She said if the problem was not viewed seriously it would result in the children becoming dependent because they only relied on memorising answers to questions which were leaked.

Meanwhile, Intan Rosazrine Mohd Nasir, the mother of a pupil who took the UPSR in Serdang, said the problem had devastated her child who had been in high spirits to sit for the examination.

A pupil of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil in Klang, Arese Nesi Rawe Shanggar said she was positive about repeating the UPSR to ease her revision and make her more prepared to resit the examination. – Bernama

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