The goal of education is not for students to achieve an A, but for them to acquire knowledge.
A professor at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Siti Raudzah Ghazali has taken to Twitter to share her decision to allow a student to pass the written test despite his lacking 3 marks to reach the passing grade.
She explained that the student failed the examination because the paper was written in English and she could not understand the student’s answer at all.
Saya pernah hampir gagalkan pljr saya. Dari pantai timur. Jawapan dia dlm BI mmg saya tk dapat fahami langsung. Beliau kekurangan 3 markah utk lulus. Saya panggil beliau, saya kata awak gagal dlm final exam. Cuba terangkan kpd saya apa yg awak telah pelajari dalam subjek ini?— Siti Raudzah Ghazali (@sitiraudzah) March 31, 2022
Siti Raudzah said the student was from the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and she later called him up to understand why he did badly in the exams.
She told her student, “You failed the exam. Please try to explain to me, what did you learn in this class?”
“He asked if he could answer in Bahasa Melayu, and I allowed him to answer in his native language.”
Siti Raudzah said she had asked the student a series of questions and found that the student actually understands the contents of the textbook. She then changed the question into various other forms and the student proved to her that he understood all the theories.
With this, she added 3 marks and allowed him to pass the test. Nonetheless, the professor also added 3 marks to all other students’ scores to be fair for others.
Siti Raudzah then shared that the goal of education is not to get every student to produce an A in examinations, but to get them to learn and understand things they didn’t know before.
Netizens applauded Siti Raudzah for taking the effort to understand her students and being a reasonable professor.
“Very inspiring and heart-warming story. This is truly educational. May Allah bless you.” a netizen said.
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