Sunday, January 20, 2008

Malaysia Exam Style [Boleh-Lah]

The objective of STPM is to pass people?

How do you explain the fact that 87% of the students passed the
examinations of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
recently? When during your grandfather's time only 10% would have
passed? Are students getting smarter? Or are STPM questions getting
easier? Let me put things in their proper perspective.

During your grandfather's time, they would ask exam questions like:
In what year did Parameswara founded the kin gdomof Melaka?
The correct answer was "1402", and they found that only 10% of the
students managed to answer the question correctly. This didn't go down
too well with the authorities, because the objective of the exams was
to pass people.
I mean, what's the point of having exams if people fail?

So later, they found another way to ask the same question:
Parameswara founded the kin gdom of Melaka in the year:
(a) 2001
(b) 2004
(c) 1986
(d) 1975
(e) 1402
Tick the correct answer.

The results were better in that 20% of the students passed. But it
was still not good enough, so the authorities tried a different tact a
few years later.
Parameswara founded the kin gdom of Melaka in the year1402. True or false?
Well, half of the students guessed "True" and the other half guessed
"False". Fully 50% passed. The results were getting pretty acceptable
by now.

Most other countries would be satisfied with a 50% passing rate, but
not us. We are a better country, because we are a boleh country. The
authorities then cracked their heads and then came out with this one:

Read the following sentence carefully.
"Parameswara, the cousin of Proton-Iswara, founded the kin gdom of
Melaka in the year 1402."
Underline the name of the person who founded Melaka.
60% underlined "Parameswara", 30% underlined "Proton-Iswara" and 10%
underlined "1402". Hooiyoh......60% managed to pass! So krever!

But for some reason, the authorities were still not contented. So last
year, they came out with this gem:
One day in the year 1402, Parameswara founded the kin gdom of Melaka .
Then he went home to have dinner. What did he eat?
13% handed in blank answers, 57% wrote "Maggi Mee", and 10% wrote
"Kentucky Fried Chicken", and 20% wrote "Tree bark".
The official answer was "Food" of course!

After the marking was over, it was found that 87% of the students had passed. that's pretty impressive!
So it's true. The students are indeed getting smarter.

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