Or rather, the lack of it.
Long time ago, before we have the PMR, it used to be LCE (Lower Certificate Examination). I think LCE was formulated by the British. Back then, if you flunked your LCE, you die.
In fact, they had an examination in Standard Six when the child was only 12 years old. If you flunked that, you would be rubber tapper, paddy planter, cows milker, fish monger, butcher, kuli carrying passengers baggage at the Penang Port. (Last time Penang WAS a free port/duty free, you know?)
During my time, if I did badly in SRP (Sijil Rendah Pelajaran), I would be a confirmed Ah Lian, living up to my real name. Selling tickets at cinema or selling minyak angin hitam (black medicinal oil) door-to-door.
So, I had to burn the midnight oil just to pass my SRP. I did pass with results which were too good for my own good. I ended up in Science Stream (where only smart asses go) eventhough I marched to the headmaster’s office to demand to be put into Sastera (Literature) Stream (where so-so students go).
Then, come SPM, I again did burn the midnight oil. But facts remain facts. I had some brain damage from birth (heh, blame it on my genes) and cannot comprehend numbers. So, I did miserably in Physics (P8), Chemistry (P7), Add Maths (F9/failed that) and barely got through my Modern Maths (C6). But did well in Biology, Geography, English and goofed up in my BM.
So, bye-bye Form Six. Back then, it was very tough to go to Form Six. Competition was keen. There aren’t any universities other than USM, UM and UPM.
Did I study? Yes, I did. On my own initiative. Did I attend tuition? Only when I was in Form Five. For Modern Maths. Only because the head prefect attended and willingly fetch me to and fro from tuition class. Were there any pressures from my mom to study? Not exactly. Hey, girls can easily marry off so why bother to study so much wor?
Looking back at my own ‘no pressure, no expectation’ style of upbringing, I also apply the same thing to my kids. Now, my #1 is going to sit for his PMR next week.
Part Two will follows…..
But meantime, if you know of any leaked papers for PMR, please psstt, psstt to me in the comment board? Hehehe.