As a mother, I was ecstatic to learn that my son has scored eight credits in Brunei-Cambridge (BC) GCE ‘O’ Level and International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examination for October/November 2021 with the results released on January 31.
However, I was bothered by comments of some saying that the standard of the exam has been lowered and not on par with those from the pre-COVID days and use of School Assessed Grades is not a fair method in determining the student’s academic capability.
I believe all exam candidates, including my son, has put in a lot of effort and worked hard to excel in the exam and they deserved whatever the final grades they obtained which are based on their accomplishments.
It is not fair to blame the grading system and letting students bear the brunt of it all with the notion that they have ‘the easy way out’.
We should also learn to embrace that this will be the new acceptable norm when it comes to public examinations and everyone would have to live with it.
Congratulations to those who passed with flying colours and please don’t let any negativity spoil the happy moment. For those who did not do as well as expected, it’s not the end of the world so keep your chin up and try again.