Friday, August 21, 2009

SPM - Too Many Subjects

1993 class photo

Academic Achievements


89.23% passes for all subjects ( 89.92% for 2007)
33 students from Science Stream scored Straight As
2 students scored 13A1 and 1 student scored 13A (8A1 and 5 A2)
10 students scored 12A1
10% of students scored 12As and above

For those of you who are unfamiliar, SPM is equivalent to O-level.

The last time I had my SPM was 16 years ago. I still dream about going for exams once in a while. Studied like an owl, had lots of ginseng, waking up at 4AM, spending money for tuition classes etc.

I had nothing better to do and so I google for a bit of amusement. The above is a notice on my school's website. I am quite sure that I did 9 subjects back then. What are the other 4 subjects?

Those subjects really drove me half dead, since I had to study and worked at the same time. You got to do all of them whether you like them or not. I absolutely hate Sejarah (History).

I'm extremely poor at Chinese which is my family's disappointment - but I don't give a damn. I can speak but reading hurts my eyes.

Most countries only require students to pick merely 5 to 6 subjects. Are we any smarter than those who have done 50% lesser? I reckon most subjects are redundant.

Till these days I only need/use English, Maths, Geography (knowing where I am) and Science. There are too many compulsory subjects for SPM - a bit over killed.

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HappySurfer said...

haha... down memory lane, indeed.

HappySurfer said...

Oh.. so which one of the lovely ladies is you, eh?

hcpen said...

yea, still rem 'those days' of studying for final yr during nightmare thinking back now:0

Benedict said...

Hmmm... it is sad that education in this part of the world is more like a commodity (driven by quantity) than making a person better man or woman in life :( Another sad thing is most kids are denied their once in lifetime childhood just to satisfied the adults' thirst for string of A (the more the merrier). Education is important but I think letting the child enjoys the childhood they deserved and building good character are equally, if not more important ;)

James said...

How about us who are unfamiliar with O-level also? I've never heard of either. :-0

I didn't pay attention in school. I was more concerned with trying to be cool, and watching punk rock bands. That was back in the early 1980's.

Thankfully I never had to wear a cute little uniform. :-)

marie said...

i totally agree with you. SPM is so overrated. I think they could have done better by introducing more useful subjects to learn rather than studying something less vital like pendidikan moral. I mean, it's ok to learn that but it's kind of ridiculous to be part of the national exam.

gina said...

I couldn't remember how many subjects I took.. 9 or 10? That also didn't include Art. I should have taken Art and score an additional A. LOL!

Yes.. I think the exams these days were either too easy or got soalan bocor. LOL! It's overkilled really.. when do we actually use calculus or... what shit vector??? I damn hate Physics and Math!

Hey.. we are same age! :D

Tekkaus said...

War...your SPM was 16 years ago...that means right now you are....hmm... :P

Well...mine was 6 years ago. Time flies huh. I still miss mine school days badly. Ha :D

Tekkaus said...

Wow! You used to drink Ginseng to stay alert? I took Brands. LOL :D The photo you showed is pretty old. What happened? You scanned this photo?

Tekkaus said...

Nope! We are not any smarter than them. Maybe on papers yes...but...from pragmatic view we might be miles behind. :(

My Chinese sucks too. I gave them up after UPSR. Ha :D

Ayie said...

wow you're in a classic mood today! And where is miss Ai shiang there?

Anonymous said...

These days they have topped the 10 subjects! But irony is the standard of English is down the drains and from the little that I know, I think our graduates have problems getting jobs in the market.

What does that tell me? It's not the string of As or no. of subjects that matter. In the end, it's the quality that matters.

Even though most of us don't really use the knowledge acquired from studying maths, geography or history, I feel it's good to learn as general knowledge.

Ai Shiang said...

Happysurfer, Ayie,
I'm the one with only skeletons. There there there, can you see me? My friends used to describe me as not "enough nutrient". Haha!

Exam time is never fun. But thinking back it is rather overrated.

Education in the west is very different from Asia's. They promote liberal thinking and asking questions. For Asians we just swallow what the teachers say and ask no questions. So, asian students are moulded in a way and all of them will turn out the same. They only care how many A you get, you're right.

It's the UK's system. O-level is the 2nd last year before university. A-level is the year before university. I am not sure what you guys call it in the States.

Oh yes, you guys don't need to put on uniform. We do, all the way from primary to high school. But no uniforms in college/uni.

Ai Shiang said...

Haha! Pendidikan Moral is absolutely a waste of time, BIG TIME!

I took art. I always got A1 for it. Easy score.
I think I'm 1 year older than you leh. I went to chinese medium primary school, so I had to go thru a year in peralihan class.

Haha! That means I'm 10 years older than you are. That photo looks old perhaps it is because I added some effects on it. So that it looks like an oil painting. Plus I prefer not to show everyone else's face :o)

Mei Teng,
Absolutely right. I think there should be a subject called "Logics".

Uncle Lee said...

Hello Ai Shiang, I was never a good student old days.
Always just crossed the border where Maths was concerned.
But no problemos with Geography, English....history and literature. These I'll always breeze thru above 80 sure thing, ha ha. But maths? Thats another story.

And I sure surprised everybody when I became a Systems Analyst!! Ha ha.
You have a great weekend, Lee.

Superman said...

The class photo you posted made me think back a lot of good old times. Used to have the same type of class photos when I am still in secondary school. The colour of the shirts and the arrangement of seats. Nostalgia.

Shingo T said...

Took 8 subjects when I did my studies here in Singapore.

English Literature was something I always enjoyed. It also happened to be the worst score I had for a subject. *blush*

Ai Shiang said...

Uncle Lee,
As long as you passed, that's what matter huh? For me, History is just too boring. Maths and English are all in the A range for me.

Same here for me, I miss those old days once in a while. I like my Form 3 class better because that was the crazy times.

Shingo T,
I was told that in Singapore, for private colleges, that they only have to do 3 subjects. Is this still true? I believe English Literature is not easy.

gina said...

Ai Shiang: Age is just a number! :D I don't understand why people had to go to remove classes lah. Not that their English/BM will improve over one year.. and happy to say, most remove people scored better grades than non remove goers.. so...I always respect people who can write, speak, read their own mother tongue. I couldn't. :( I am a banana person. Haha!

foongpc said...

I hate exams! I'm glad those days are behind me now. Anyway, I have forgotten most things I learnt in school. What to do, have short memory : )

foongpc said...

I don't make use of any subjects I learnt in school. maybe just a bit of maths, and some science and geography knowledge. History? No use at all! And moral studies is the worst! Felt like going to sleep during moral classes! : )

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Sweet memories !! Looking at the photos after so many years is really very wonderful..Unseen Rajasthan

Ayie said...

so we're the opposite then =P

fufu said...

lol pendidikan moral is a failure definitely!! there is no improvement at all since it's a compulsory subject ya >.<

Horsoon said...

It brings back mixed memories... tears and joy but I think mostly fond memories :) Hey I remembered I had 12 (or more?) subjects during my SPM days, as I attended the Chinese Independent School and I took up some O Level subjects too (and NO, I still don't feel any smarter 20 years later)!

Ai Shiang said...

I forget most things from school too. I don't even know how to do harder maths except + - x ÷.

Moral is definitely a waste of time. Besides, who can get A1 for that?

Chinese Independent School is tough. You need to sit for two different exams right? My brother went to Chinese school too, but not me.

zewt said...

wow... u still dream about it? wow!

kenwooi said...

science subjects was not my forte in SPM.. lol.. but great memories.. =)