IT is disheartening to see teachers stealing the limelight lately for the wrong reasons.
Many quarters have expressed their disappointments and shared their views and ideas to rectify the mistakes and avoid future blunders.
Some are blatantly accusing the teachers and questioning their integrity.
The growing number of arrests is a sign indicating involvement of a wider ring in this disgraceful deed and the deeper we dig, the uglier the scene gets. With the number of papers to re sit jumped from two to four, the gravity of the issue is beginning to sink in.
Enough has been said and written on why and how it is not possible for a leak to happen so let’s look at reasons why and how it is possible to happen.
The issue of major examination questions being leaked is not new but usually it’s brushed aside by some brilliant individuals as mere “spotted questions” which bear resemblance to the actual exam questions.
It was debated that even if the same questions in the same order as in the actual examination paper were found to be distributed before the examination, it is still not considered a leak. It’s only when the alleged paper is proved (without doubt) to be a copy of the actual paper with the same font and size and page number does it get any degree of attention from the authorities.
It was just too difficult to prove a leakage in the past but thanks to technology for making the job so much easier now.
I am defending neither the teachers nor the parents as I think both are equally responsible and have their fair share in this whole mess. It’s a case of sheer selfishness and greed!
The teachers want the pupils to get excellent results as it gives them a false sense of achievement and boosts their ego. Besides, they are securely placed in their superiors’ good books and become desirable candidates for promotions and perks of various kinds. Who wouldn’t want that?
Teachers are blamed for everything these days. Teachers are the first group of people to be blamed when a child fails to perform in his studies.
A child’s intelligence level, his upbringing, his living environment, his emotional state and intellectual level are all swept under the carpet and blame directed towards one specific group, the teachers!
So desperation, coupled up with pure greed, pushes these teachers to shamelessly involve themselves in malicious acts.
The irony is, these teachers are highly favoured by students as well as parents as they are considered helpful and generous.
It is unfortunate that to maintain the super-teacher image created, teachers have to stoop so low. What the teachers as well as the parents fail to see is the irreversible damage such acts cause to young minds.
The trend of “assisting” students by supplying questions and hints starts as early as at primary school years and we don’t seem to realise the implications until it’s too late.
Are teachers the only party at fault here?
How many of us have seen our children supplied with “hints” by their teachers before school-level tests or examinations?
How often have we seen our children awarded marks which they obviously don’t deserve?
How many of us have expected some leaked questions before major exams so that our children’s certificates are adorned with a string of As?
Aren’t we equally at fault for having our share of contribution in what has transpired?
We admire teachers whom we believe could magically transform our below-average children into brilliant students by showering them with excellent grades when we are fully aware of the actual learning capacity of our children. We never question them or is it a case of denying reality?
I am not trying to right the wrong or justify the acts of those irresponsible individuals involved but let’s spare a minute to ponder over the role of society as a whole. It’s high time we stop playing the blame game and reflect on our own virtues and faults in our role as parents.
Unrealistic expectations, obsession over grades, greed, a kiasu mindset paired with a weak system have attributed to the unfortunate incident where the integrity and dignity of teachers and the teaching profession is in question.
It’s a little too late to mend the damage done to the morale of all those innocent teachers as well as students but it’s never too late to learn from mistakes. SR2 Tampin The STAR Home News Opinion Letter 26/09/2014