Form Six class unfair treatment

Letter by citizen leong

A new system has recently been implemented in all schools with Form Six classes throughout the country. All Lower Six classes from 2009 will have to stay back until 4pm. This new system started in my school in early July.

I found out from the teachers that this batch (2009/2010) was used to try out the suitability of the semester-based system to be implemented in schools in the future. Unfortunately for us, our exams are still not semester-based. Staying back till 4pm means we, Lower Six students will not have a chance to participate in the extra-curricular activities as all the club and uniformed body meetings are held after 1pm. What about our co-curriculum marks? We were told that 10% of the overall criteria to enter local universities is from our involvement in co-curricular activities. Before this new system was implemented, we all could go for our co-curricular activities. With the new system in place, we are forced to stay back and could not involve ourself in such activities as the timing will clash with us as most activities are held after school. While co-curricular activities make up 10% of our total STPM grades, I strongly believe there must be other alternatives. I don’t think a person who has four distinctions, but without any co-curricular achievements will be selected to enter a local university. So, why should we stay until 4 o’clock when the things we are doing now will not contribute any marks to our STPM?

The new system is a complete waste of time. The new system requires students to stay back after school until 4pm for activities. But the activities organised by the school to keep students until 4pm is not a good idea. The extra time that we are required to put in school is used for nonsensical activities such as making posters, doing sketches, preparing for presentations and proposals and doing research and development (R&D). Besides this, some activities are really of no use to us. For example, during cocuriculum, we even told to prepare food, play on the field under the hot sun from 2.40pm-4pm and planning how to decorate the school. I do not see the teaching and learning value here as these activities are a waste of time! In addition, some students hate it so much that they decided to skip school altogether.

I understand that this system is a part of the Education Ministry’s initiative in boosting the level of confidence and enhancing communicative ability among school students while doing presentation. But please be rational and reasonable. Ministry need to take cognizance that we are humans too. All of us need more time to study and staying back till 4pm is just too much on our plates. The moment we reach home, most of us will be dead tired. By the time we get home, we will be exhausted because we have been in school since 7.30am. Many of us would be too tired after coming back from school and just hop on to the bed into dreamland even if they wish to study. Furthermore, not to forget the amount of assignments given by our teachers and we have to complete everything on time. By then we would be too tired to study. Preparing for presentations and projects requires a lot of our attention and time, so we will struggle to cope with our studies. Our main priority is still our studies! Without time to revise, how are we supposed to live our dreams of attaining a 4.0 score? But forcing us to stay back after school will deprive us of the chance to revise our lessons. An ample amount of time is needed for us to carry out constant revision. However with the time constraints, there is certainly no time for us to study at home! Even if we do have the time, we would suffer from fatigue. The ministry fails to see the light that whatever they are doing is in fact making our lives even more miserable, stressful and very depressing. Will this result in good achievement in the STPM exams? Definitely NO!!!

Many parents decided to send their children to Form Six as it is the cheapest route to universities. But now not any more. We have to fork out our own money for our lunch expenses. By right, if the Education Ministry wants to carry this out, they should at least think about giving lunch allowances to us. Now, parents will need to fork out additional expenses for their child’s lunch. Not everyone is well-to-do. In these times where money does not come easy, forking out extra money will be a burden to them as the overall house expenditure would have increased as well. Another woe is that we are only given an hour for our lunch break before we begin our presentation; it is impossible for students to head home to have a home-cooked meal, take a bath and have a short break and then rush back to school before 2 o’clock. Most of us will not be able to eat at home as we are not living nearby. Therefore, students are left with no other alternatives but to patronise nearby mamak stalls for their lunch. Needless to say, food sold at mamak stalls can be unhealthy and unhygienic. And since the mamak stalls usually serves oily and non-nutritious food, the students are not benefiting at all as it make us feel lethargic. With the lack of nutritious food, how are we to maintain a healthy body to study hard and achieve good result in STPM?

On the other hand, transportation is a major problem for most of us. Our parents are not free to send us home. Left with no other immediate solutions in sight, we have to rely on public transport like buses. Taking the school bus at odd hours costs extra as it is inconvenient for the drivers. Some of us are not living nearby and thus, walking back home will be out of the question and too dangerous for us students considering the disturbingly high number of snatch theft cases across the country. It is undeniable that life in the sixth form can be pretty daunting and challenging.

Not only are the students disatisfied with this new system, the teachers are unhappy. They could not express their feeling as they could risk losing their jobs. Almost every teacher I have spoken to, too, do not agree with this new system.They feel that the time spent in school is way too long! Forget about the students, even the teachers are grumbling! Teachers and students alike are exhausted by the end of the day.So, how do we expect teachers to perform their best when they are tired? Needless to say, students too have a hard time concentrating in the hot and stuffy afternoon classes. It is not fair for the teachers who teach the Form Six classes for they have to stay back for longer hours compared to their other colleagues. Wake up! The new system brings nothing but stress and red tape.

I acknowledged that some authorities would advice us to quit form six if we despise or hate the system. However, as far as I concerned, we are totally not being informed about this 4pm-stay-back system until a few week after we enrolled. We are the victims and we got no other better options than form six but as a student, we have the right to protect our right and express our feeling. So, we need to change. There is no point “testing” as the Malaysian education system is not a playground or lab where future leaders were “tested” with new policies. We as the students are not “guinea pigs”. If we were to continue to “test” policies on our children, our education system will be seen as a joke in the international arena. Last but not least, I only hope next year we can revert back to the old system where everyone can go home like normal or 1pm. I sincerely hope you will help us. Thank you.

  1. #1 by assamlaksa on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 - 10:21 pm

    i think the new system is designed to make you do badly in STPM so that the matriculation students can have even more easier path to be admitted to the universities.

  2. #2 by BoycottLocalPapers on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 - 10:54 pm

    If you are taking STPM, FORGET ABOUT THOSE EXTRA CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES BULLSHIT They are not important! Concentrate on your studies.

  3. #3 by merdeka on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 - 10:56 pm

    It’s a screw up education system from the very 1st day. What to do ???

  4. #4 by -ec- on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 - 11:49 pm

    every change of education minister, there is a change of delivery of education. it just makes you think that those changes implemented are lack of thorough thought and detailed study before implementation.

    our dear pm, the then education minister did the 3m system. 20+ years passed and now we should be able to see what 3m has brought us to? those that were trained under the 3m system are now teachers, lecturers, professors and even policy makers in our schools.

    1. do we become more competitive now?
    2. do our universities rank amongst the world’s best?
    3. have we produced enough talents, specialists and engineers to meet the investors need? (cm lim just asked this not that long ago)
    4. have we created an innovative and knowledgeable workforce?

    if that was kpi-ed, nr had failed the role of education minister. judge it yourself. and now you want him to be a pm (or him wants it himself)? only in malaysia where incompetency brings you to the top post! what a joke!

    and dear citizen leong who is worrying that he and his classmates could become the sacrifice under this new change: just keep your fingers crossed. good luck! and wish you or your parents strike lottery that could send you overseas!

  5. #5 by ablastine on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 1:29 am

    Since staying back does not bring you extra points why don’t you just sneak out after reporting, take long medical leave and keep on thinking of excuse not to be around to waste time in the afernoon eg

  6. #6 by undertaker888 on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 9:06 am

    ya i have gone thru form six. it is hell difference between form 5 and 6. their intention is to kill you off, out you go from education. but fak them i made it. no thanks to mahitler regime.

    that is why you see a lot of non-bumi folks are selling pirated dvds, involve in crime, because every which legal way they try to go, they are blocked, if their parents are not well-off to send them overseas.

    but every clouds has a silver lining. it taught me to be independent, tough and ready to make it out on my own unlike those jellyfishes they are creating by the millions.

    2 more new guys will be reading LKS this week.

  7. #7 by taiking on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 9:12 am

    Quick fix is available. Join mca and start praying to the umno god. Things will then turn out well. Who knows. Another pkfz could come your way one day.

  8. #8 by undertaker888 on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 9:28 am

    //Quick fix is available.//

    another “get-rich-quick-scheme”? like all grqs, it will burn you in the end.

  9. #9 by k1980 on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 10:29 am

    Staying back in school until 4pm to make posters and planning presentations which have nothing to do with the STPM syllabus is to ensure that the students develop hypertension and hence fare badly in the highly important exam. Why are the matriculation students not required to stay back after lecture and make posters until 4pm too?

    All Six Formers who are tricked by BN, you know who to vote for in the coming 13 GE. This time bury them for good. Then only will all this nonsense stop.

  10. #10 by Winston on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 1:56 pm

    “It’s a screw up education system from the very 1st day. What to do ??” – Merdeka

    Change the government!

  11. #11 by Prasad on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 4:02 pm

    BoycottLocalPapers :
    If you are taking STPM, FORGET ABOUT THOSE EXTRA CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES BULLSHIT They are not important! Concentrate on your studies.

    I totally agree, I did form 6 and its no cake. You should spend all your time studying.
    The exam requires you pass all papers for the subjects. EXTRA CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES are totoly useless in really life

  12. #12 by k1980 on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 5:44 pm

    All the students involved must unite and refuse to do any presentation and project which is not linked to the STPM. Utilize fully the 3 hours to complete your assignments and have study groups to go over your lessons. This will help to lessen the amount of workload you have to tackle when you reach home in the evening.

    I am sure the matriculation students are laughing their heads off and congratulating themselves on having escape the fate of the Sixth Formers.

  13. #13 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 8:42 pm

    6th form is a skrued up system
    How many Malay students are in this system?
    How many children of MCA, Gerakan, MIC, BN politicians are in this system?

  14. #14 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 - 11:37 pm

    Yes. The education system is screwed, even from the effect of MCA’s internal bitter fighting. Co-curriculum has its’ rightful place but it must be carried out in a complimentary manner to actual lecture classes. These days, some students do not understand the importance of education. Actions have to be meted out at the expense of those good students. You have to ask the teachers as well regarding their feelings about the staying back of the students. Many teachers have families. Students do not. Teachers have to prepare well if they want to teach well. Students only need to sit and absorb from the teachers. Will all flat 4 scorers be ensured of bright futures ? Some world renowned people do not score flat 4. It is very obvious that the trial and error method is being carried out on the education system. If you are to revert back to the old system, then where is change ?

  15. #15 by Lee HS on Thursday, 19 November 2009 - 12:18 pm

    If you have a choice. Just forget about public universities. You won’t be able to learn new tricks there. It is a mass production factory with no quality.

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