News like these:
A RM2,000 mobile phone, a trip to Hong Kong and an ang pow â€“ these are the rewards that 12-year-old (name removed ‘cos I sked kena sue) will get for scoring 7As in the UPSR examination.
Yeah, right, stuff your kids with monetary rewards from as young as 12 years old for a mere UPSR. Highlight it on national papers. Make all these 7As (5As for National Schools) like celebrities. Then, at the same time, lament that kids are getting too much tuition. Duh!
It is just a kid’s exam, for goodness sake. Kids are for us parents to pamper all year round, 24/7 if we can afford it. They are not dogs in training, perform a task, stuff one dog biscuit, pat-pat on the head, kinda beings, ok?
I don’t know what kids feel when they see their peers on papers like these. Isn’t that very disheartening? Say you failed to get the ultimate results and your parents tell you to f* off and forget all about that holiday, gifts and angpows? Lu si ginah bo lorh eong? Sui chai mo gwai yoong.
There are half a million kids who sat for the UPSR. I wonder what they are feeling right now? Those who did not live up to their parents’ expectations?
Back in my days, no one gives a damn to what you get in your exam. The newspapers never glorify exam scorers. Instead, I remember they have these bravery awards for school children. Come to think of it, how often do we see kids being rewarded for something other than exam results?
Bah! Where did I put that toilet plunger? (was my intended topic)