Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lulu Wonders If They Still Publish The Breakdown Of SPM Results

Lulu read this letter in the star today and it made me wonder if any other "minority subject" is being discriminated against. It would be good if someone could point Lulu to the breakdown on SPM results.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/4/9/focus/8447572&sec=focus
For the last fortnight, there have been hundreds of sad Christian students, along with parents and Bible Knowledge (BK) teachers.
“What’s going on?” angry parents asked one BK teacher. “You mean to say students who scored straight A+ in their 9, 10 or 11 other subjects could not score an A or an A+ in BK?”
In fact, no student scored an A+ in the subject this year.
Since past years, there has been the perception of an unfair grading scale for this subject, but it has been particularly glaring with this year’s results.
The reason for this perception is BK classes are usually small. The students are proficient in English, the medium of the exam. They attend classes every week for two or more years. With regular tests, exams and drills, an experienced BK teacher can usually accurately predict how their students will do in the final exam. BK teachers know that SPM Bible Knowledge keeps high standards in the grading.
The paper tests two books – Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. But really good students can match the high standards with perfect answers. This is possible for all text-based subjects. SPM Bible Knowledge (code 9221) is based on clear right and wrong answers.
I appeal for an investigation into the results of 2010 top scorers not only for Bible Knowledge but also for Chinese Literature, two subjects with only a small number of candidates.
Do the Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia (LPM) directors know what their officers or machines are doing to the students’ grades?
In this age of computers, grading needs the critical supervision of God-fearing humans. I write as a believer in the human spirit of excellence and in commendable national conscience.
Looking at the calibre and capabilities of the students involved, there was clear injustice in the 2010 Bible Knowledge grading.

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