She came back sobbing and sour-faced
She didn't even answer her mom
She just entered and sat motionless on the old Cleopatra sofa
Again her mom asked her why
Why did she cry?
She remained quiet still
Then, a few minutes later she spoke
"I get a B for Bahasa Malaysia."
So, that was the reason for her sobbing and crying
That was what I detest all these activities that they were having
The so-called paper chase
The so-called Terengganu is aiming to uphold her excellence in UPSR
SK Pusat is also trying her best to see that as many pupils score 5 A's
"What for?" I ask
It is just for glory sake
and not for the students' sake
Look here, A is excellent and B is Good
Why? Good is still not enough?
I know, I too scored all A's in the special exsamination in 1966 (there was no UPSR yet at the time)
But I did it with joy, with fun
Not with unnecessary stress and strain
Taking away so much of the students' and parents' time and energy
With ridiculously long hours of tuitions after tuitions
Extra classes after extra classes
More than that, it is sad to see that 'less potential' students are left out from this mad hunt for 5 A's
What will they think of the school, of the Jabatan Pelajaran and the government?
Why? Are they not Malaysians or what?
Are their parents not paying taxes?
Why should they then be discriminated?
If I am not mistaken education, at least that is what is often highlighted by the media, is free in Malaysia
If I were they, I will study hard and smart and prove them wrong
Getting 5 A's is not and never will be the sole prequisite for success in life
Getting less than 5 A's never means that you cannot succeed in life
Getting 5 A's in UPSR definitely does not mean that you can continue doing so in IPT
Getting 5 A's (this way) is just to bring fame and glory to the school, the teachers, the principals, the Department of Education, the State, The government, that is all
So, never fret my daughter...
Getting 1 B in one of the many trial exam is nothing
You have again and again perform well in the past
Our prayers are always with you
May Allah reward you with good results in your coming UPSR
Forget about the stress and tension
Go to the exam hall calmly and with poise
And answer the questions well
We will be with you irrespective of what your UPSR results will be