Tuesday, November 3, 2009

News: New System for SPM Merit Points

Just in case you may have missed the news announcement, the MOE is starting a new grading system to calculate the merit points for the SPM exams.

It looks like the STPM format.

With our Malaysian students getting straight As in the thousands, I wonder sometimes whether we have lowered our standards or our students are just "too smart" academically.

We hear complains that a student who gets an 'A' in English is not able to speak or write fluently in English.

Teachers are under tremendous pressure to produce "A" students and will therefore probably choose the easier method of teaching for exams rather than to "develop the whole person"--one who will be competent users and speakers of the English language.

Rodney Tan

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