I READ with interest the letter “Straight As not everything for students” (The Star, Dec 8). I could not agree more with the writer.
Students nowadays invariably forget the main purpose of going to school, that is to acquire knowledge and to develop skills that cannot be found in textbooks, for instance teamwork and leadership qualities by participating in extra-mural activities.
Obtaining straight As in school assessments is only a bonus.
Character building and soft skills are just as vital.
Without these assets, students will find themselves left behind when they enter the working world.
We shouldn’t blame the students because the education system is too exam-orientated
Parents should not to rebuke their children when they fail in school examinations because it will lower their self-esteem and hurt their feelings. Encourage them to try harder instead.
DESMOND SER Petaling Jaya The STAR Online Home News Opinion Wednesday December 12, 2012