Alycia got back her BM test papers for the third term exam yesterday. When I asked her how she fared, she said "there's good and there's bad. No matter what marks I get, you MUST sign on my test papers OK?" I knew the bad must be really bad but oh well, what's done cannot be undone. There is no point crying over spilled milk or as the Malays say "nasi sudah jadi bubur" (rice has turned into porridge).
Well, she got 92/100 for her BM Pemahaman paper and it is the highest score in her class. As for her BM Penulisan, the marks were shocking to me as I did not expect her to get such low marks. According to her, the highest score for BM Penulisan in her class (which is the 2nd Elite class) is 65/100. I was even more shocked to hear that! Even more shocking was that the highest score in the 1st Elite class was a B (79 and below). For Karangan, many of her classmates got a below-10 mark over a 30-mark score.
So, does that mean that 1) either the BM teachers have not been doing a good job or 2) the Pemahaman paper was too hard? 3) Most of the students did not read enough of books in BM nor read sample Karangan topics. Whatever it is, I have made Alycia promise me that she has to do remedial work now, i.e. by reading a Karangan (composition in BM) topic at least 3 times a week. The only way she can improve on her Karangan is to READ the Karangan books on sample topics. She has always hated reading the Karangan books and would throw tantrums each time she is asked to read it. Now, her only choice to improve on her marks is to read her Karangan books. And I shall start from today to get her to read a Karangan topic.
As for other test papers, Alycia has done pretty well with an A for all the subjects. This girl can excel in her studies with some pushing from the Tiger Mum ;)