This piece of news is in The Star:
PMR declaration stirs anxiety
BY M. KRISHNAMOORTHY AND GAVIN GOMEZ
KUALA LUMPUR: The stating of a student’s religion in candidate slips used in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) has caused some concern among parents.
They are wondering why there is a need to identify the students as Muslims or non-Muslims in the slips, arguing that the information is irrelevant.
and an explanation was given by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate director Dr Salleh Hassan which says,
this was a normal process as the information was required to determine the number of Moral and Islamic studies examination papers to print.
â€œIt is for that purpose. We need to know who is sitting for Islamic Studies and who is sitting for Moral Studies,â€ he said when contacted yesterday.
A ‘concerned parent’ *ahaks* NOT ME, ok? had written to The Star and hopefully his letter will be published.
Letter to the press
The reply of Dr. Salleh Hassan on the issue does not hold water at all. The statistic on number of students who will be sitting for the Moral or Islamic papers could well be obtained from the schools. Is the Malaysian Examination Syndicate going to determine
by counting from the candidates slips????
The practice only create doubts in the minds of parents as to the marking process of examination papers.
Concerned PMR parent
As for me, I have no comment. My son whom I did not expect to score all As had gotten all As. Another son whose English is terror-merror scored a B. This son even asked me to protest to the examination board because he felt he had been short-changed. (We did not because it is only a UPSR exam la.) At the end of the day, an element of luck does play a part in our examinations, isn’t it?
What says you about this need to identify if you are a Muslim or non-Muslim? Does the SPM and STPM candidates need to identity their religions?