“Guess how many students scored straight As in the PMR exams?” I asked a relative while reading yesterday’s newspaper.
“Twenty?” came the reply.
“No, over 30,000,” I said.
Actually, 30,836 to be precise. With so many ‘geniuses’ running around in the country, it is surprising we are in the state we are in.
But then again, not really, since many pupils – even those little Einsteins – are not even trained to think or analyse.
Actually, Malaysia lies below the global average in the TIMMS score for Maths and Science (2007). Within Malaysia, there are two different worlds as well, perhaps reflecting the income inequalities within our nation.
In a letter to The Star, David from Kuantan observed:
The number of those who got Grades D and E is very worrying indeed. (I got the statistics from a newspaper.)
Judging by the statistics, almost half of the students who took the PMR could not understand English; 43% could not count; and 41% did not like Science.
What’s going to happen to them? Maybe some of these pupils are actually more inclined towards the arts or they could do well in other fields that require specialised skills. But do they have the opportunity to realise their potential if they just drop out from school?
Lest we think the grass is greener across the Causeway, think again. Many have grown alienated from the system. Have a look at this Temasik Review story.