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“Dream wedding” question in SPM oral examination sparked heated debate among Malaysians

Source: The Star

The SPM Bahasa Melayu oral examination has just ended, but both students are left puzzled after they were being asked a question on their “perfect wedding”, considering that they are still in their teenage life.

According to a Twitter user @beomjunie, students were asked “What is your dream wedding?” in one of the SPM 2021 Bahasa Melayu oral examination questions, held from 8 to February and involving some 401,927 candidates.

The Twitter user questioned why minors were being asked such a question, adding how the Education Ministry are expecting the students to answer that question.

Meanwhile, another Twitter user @farhanaslay, said the students were told they had to give answers on the wedding ceremony and not about their future partner or household.

“It was so confusing,” the tweet read.

Speaking to NST, the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said 17-year-old students should not be thinking of marriage, especially due to the prevalent issue of child marriages and students marrying immediately or shortly after leaving school.

“The oral examination is about articulation and you can say why not, but I think questions should be on more relatable subjects.”

“They could have asked what’s the right marriageable age instead, or about climate change, recycling, public transport, even Undi18, which directly affects them as some would be among the first batch of 18-year-olds to vote in the Johor state election.”

“Since this issue is gaining traction among parents and students, the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate should come up with an articulate explanation as to why they chose this question for the exam,” she said.

On the other hand, Sisters In Islam executive director Rozana Isa said that it is outrageous that students in the Malaysian school system faced these sorts of questions in the 21st century.

“This question also seems to give emphasis to being marriage-centric, when we should be opening all possibilities to youth and letting them do what they want with their life in the future,” she said.

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