Exams not the only criterion

IT IS truly heart-warming to read “Help for weaker SPM students” (The Star, March 20).

I congratulate the Education Ministry, especially Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, for formulating plans to assist the underperforming students.

Many a time, I have categorically emphasised my opinion that examinations are just one way of assessing a student.

Failing in examinations or getting poor or low grades doesn’t mean that the student has failed in his life.

The bulk of students today fall into this category i.e. failed their examinations or achieved low grades in examination.

First of all, classifying them as weak students is an unfair assessment. They may be weak academically, but may have bright minds to do business or bright hands to do craftwork, or skills like motor mechanics.

We should not always think about the so called “bright” students only, but rather have programmes and plans to help the other students to be successful in life.

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date Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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