Friday, June 10, 2005

PM Pledges to Help Top Scorers

The PM has stepped in to ensure that the top scorers who failed to get the PSD scholarships recently will be offered one in the end. He promised this after the plight of these students were highlighted in The Star recently. It was also highlighted yesterday that it took only half a point to make or break your chances in landing the prestigious scholarship since it was very competitive. I just find it sad that the PM had to personally make sure these students get the scholarships. It shows either of these two things; 1) it doesn't matter how much effort you put into getting the scholarship or if you have met the criteria for getting the scholarship, as long as you go to the press, moan about it long enough and gather enough sympathy, the PM will come in to help, or 2) the education system in Malaysia is in a total mess. Frankly speaking, I see it as both. We are just not recognising our genuine talents enough and letting other countries such as our neighbour, Singapore happily snapping them up for themselves. However, if these top scorers were really the genuine talents, they wouldn't have moaned about not getting this particular scholarship as there are so many other scholarships available for them locally and abroad. They wouldn't have needed to worry! That's why I feel that they are not the truly genuine talents that our country have to pour so much money on them. I find this comment from a reader who wrote in very interesting. At least I know I'm not alone in thinking this way.

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