Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Top Scorers Rejected

To be among the top scorers, you would think you have a better chance at landing a scholarship or simply have more options open to you. Again, this doesn't seem to be the case here in Malaysia.

Two months ago, Ng Ee Liang, Desmond Chee and Teoh Wan Ying were feeling on top of the world when they each scored 13 1As and were named Penang’s top SPM scorers. But all their dreams and hopes came crashing down on Monday after finding out that their applications for Public Services Department (PSD) scholarships had been rejected.

I find this very disappointing. Not only were they good academically, they also participated actively in co-curricular activities. However, this is quite debatable still. 'Being active' is very relative. You can be an active member that participates in every meeting but still hardly contributes to the society/club/uniformed body. That can also be considered as 'being active'. However, to me that is not 'being active'. Too many times have I heard top scorers moaning and claiming they were 'active co-curricularly' but I've seen for myself their true 'activeness' and it is merely on paper.

Another reasoning for the failure could be in their interviews. It is possible that they failed miserably during the interview. Frankly, having good grades does not translate into scholarships or such and top scorers should not EXPECT them. They should EARN them instead and the process doesn't just stop at having good grades. If not mistaken, one criterion for the PSD scholarship is to have a parent that is in the civil service. I just hope there weren't anything malicious about them not getting the scholarships, if they had really earned them. Crushing someone's dream like that is just terrible.

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