I just found out from Anne how challenging and effective our education system really is these days. Please take a look at the example below:
Question: Shade the area where y < x + 4 [1 mark]
Pretty straightforward. In order to receive the full 1 mark, you should do something like this:
But wait! It seems that in the unreality that is the Malaysian education/examination system, as long as ANY amount of the candidate’s shading touches ANY part of the correct area at all, candidate shall receive the full 1 mark! Which means that even:
Gets full marks! This being the case, whenever the candidate comes across a ‘shade the area’ question the safest thing to do would be this:
Congratulations, that’s the full 1 mark for excellent deduction skills! Candidate successfully noticed that the question did not ask to shade ONLY the area where y < x + 4, so the candidate cleverly shaded the ENTIRE PAGE just to be on the safe side! Candidate also successfully realized how to play the marking scheme for a fool (not a hard task really).
If all subjects are marked as ‘strictly’ as this, then no wonder we’ve been getting so many ‘straight A’ students recently! Now we know the real reason why the Malaysia-Singapore bridge project has been postponed/cancelled. With these sort of A-grade math skills, who actually wants to drive across a bridge built by our brilliant next generation of engineers?
But please, don’t worry about whether or not Malaysia can reach 1st-world, developed nation status by 2020. If you take a look at the present state of Malaysian school discipline, comparatively we aren’t that far behind the world leaders.
I am confident that within the next decade we will have achieved teacher beatings, school shootings, classroom abortions and recess substance abuse on par with the USA! It will go even faster if we pass laws that force the mandatory teaching of atheistic, humanistic, naturalistic, moral-relativistic teaching of Darwinist evolution in all schools.
Power to the Pupils Proletariat!
See also Joshua Hooi‘s collection of Malaysian school students malarky.