Friday, 23 March 2012

As Pea Am

Last Wednesday, the 2011 SPM results were announced. Mama couldn't really sleep the night before thinking about it. Mama guess Mama was more nervous than the candidates then. Some of you (not Malaysians) might wonder what SPM is.
From Wikipedia (as always):

The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), or the Malaysian Certificate of Education, is a national examination taken by all fifth-year secondary school students in Malaysia. It is set and examined by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia).
SPM is equivalent to the O-Level and is the second last public examination at the secondary school level before the entry into a first bachelor degree course at a university. The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), being a pre-university study and equivalent to the A-Level, is the last public examination at the secondary school level. Other available pre-university studies in Malaysia include matriculation, foundation study, A-Level, etc., which are conducted at a college or university.

Mama and fellow teachers could not contain our joy when we found out that the SPM results were so much better than last year's results. Almost all subjects have more students who scored As and the percentage of passes increase as well. Some students surprised their teachers with their excellent results and this was clearly shown when whoops of joy were heard now and then.
Mama had her share of joy and disappointment too. Last year Mama taught two form 5 classes. There were only 4As from Mama's science-stream class and 2As from her art-stream one. Alas, this is part and parcel of an English Language teacher.Fewer As doesn't mean Mama is a less-than good teacher, does it? And life goes on...

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