Trio left out of exam in case they pull down school’s performance
Posted on September 17, 2011, Saturday
BINTANGOR: Three pupils of SK Bandar Bintangor were not allowed to sit for the UPSR (Primary School Achievement Test) because the school considered them academically poor and might pull down its overall performance.
The three boys were said to have been locked in a remedial room while their classmates sat for the examination on Sept 13 and 14.
When their parents complained, they were allowed to sit for the examination on Sept 15 – the final day of the examination.
The boys are Idie Ganyol, Edward Ujoh Augustine and Richmend Mangi.
Meradong assemblywoman Ting Tze Fui told The Borneo Post yesterday that the three boys were locked in a room from 8am until noon on the first two days of the three-day examination.
She said their parents lodged a police report when the incident came to light.
“Police went to the school to check on Sept 15, and found the boys locked in a room,” Ting recalled, adding that the trio were later sent to the examination hall.
“But they could only sit for English Paper I and II and one other subject,” she lamented.
Urging the Education Department to investigate, Ting said the school had been unfair to the pupils.
She was concerned because UPSR was such an important examination.
“Without sitting for it, they can’t proceed to secondary school,” she said.
She chided the school for denying the pupils their right to sit for the examination, and said the school’s concern for its overall performance could not justify its act.
“Not everyone is born smart, but they can learn. That’s why we need education.
“No discrimination should exist in our education system,” said the Meradong assemblywoman.
Source: Borneo Post
The following is a comment as a respond to the news:
‘I am speaking as a person who has very close knowledge to what transpire in the school that week. The news report is not entirely accurate. First, all the three students did not come to school on the first day of the exam. Second, these students are known for being hardcore truant. Third, the door that they were put in were not locked – just that the door needed to be push or pull hard to open because the lock was not so align anymore. Fourth, yes they can still enter secondary school.
There has been cases where students has not attend schools for many years but suddenly appeared during exam day. If you are the school administrators and teachers there, what would do?’
I think prevention is better than cure. If the pupils are ‘hardcore truant’ then we have to try our very best to make them go to school. Similarly, if pupils are weak or slow in their studies then it’s our duty to teach and guide them.But if they are extremely weak, they can be sent to a doctor/specialist (eg. Agape Centre) to check whether they are in the ‘OKU’ category. Education is the right of each and every pupil regardless of race, religion or background.