That's right. I invigilated SPM this year, and it's my first time being an invigilator. I must say that I was truly surprised every week when I was on duty.
Just in case anyone reading this entry is not a Malaysian, SPM is a public examination all schooling students must sit for, and these days, it serves as a minimum requirement to further studies and/or to be employed. SPM is no doubt a serious examination because no one would want to mess with their future.
However, it appeared to me that not everyone cared about this examination.
Although it is never a rule to queue before entering the examination hall, but it was not a pleasant sight to see the candidates not coming in numerically (according to their seat rows and sequence number). Maybe it was just my OCD shit, but chattering across the examination hall was really inappropriate, in my opinion. I thought being quiet in an exam hall/room or not making loud noises is a practice that has been trained since everyone was little. It definitely has something to do with manners and ethic, therefore my first impression on the candidates of the school I invigilated is a bad one.
What got me even more surprised was the fact that the candidates actually looked behind and whispered to friends next to them in the middle of examination. I sure do not want to make accusation, but I do believe that they were actually asking for answers, based on the motions they made in the air, words they were trying to make through their lips, and their faces were really showing that they were waiting for answer from someone.
The moment the exam was over and I went to collect their answers, well, that exact moment when I lifted their answers off their desk, they immediately turned around and talked again. I wish they could just wait until they left the hall to talk.
Even more evidence showing that they did not read the rules and regulations written in the timetable booklet, when some of them wanted to go to the restroom during the first 30 minutes and last 10 minutes of the exam. Yes, it is a rule that has existed for as long as I can remember. I expected that their teachers had already briefed them of the DOs and DON'Ts, but clearly, expectation leads to disappointment.
When the exam was over and they were allowed to leave the hall, again, exiting the hall without queuing or at least exiting row by row. I must thank the Head of Invigilator for telling them that they must only leave the hall using the main door. I could imagine the candidates leaving through the nearest door, not giving a slightly care about ethics.
Mentioned above are some of the things that happened during the first week of SPM, and here's a recap:
- entering the hall in random scattering pattern
- chattering with friends across the hall
- looked around, whispered, asked for answers
- wanting to go to the restroom during the first 30 minutes and last 10 minutes
-exiting the hall in random scattering pattern
Pretty much the same, but I was disappointed by an incident. I do not think that it is fair for the Head of Invigilator to assist the candidates, one by one, row by row, giving answers directly or indirectly. Explaining is fine, I think, but telling the answer is unacceptable. I felt angry (and still do) for every other candidate in Malaysia who registered for that particular subject. I had my cellphone with me when it happened, and I recorded the scene.
I will not submit the videos I recorded to the Ministry of Education, but I might if anything happens. I am aware that the usage of cellphone is not encouraged and must be minimal, or maybe it is actually prohibited, but so is giving answers to candidates.
The candidates really dared to attempt cheating despite me being near. I find it disrespectful, not only to the invigilators, but to themselves as well. Then, when the time was up and I went to collect answers, there was one candidate who was still rushing to finish off his last sentences. As I stood there waiting next to him after collecting others', the candidate next to him and others had the cheek to tease loudly that I had to stare and hush.
Other than that, the candidates started using gel pens, correction tape and liquid paper despite prohibited. No one wants to risk their answers being soak or drowned or wet in water in whatever circumstances since gel ink will disperse when comes in contact with liquid, and correction tape tends to mess with the ink after being written on, and I will not deny that students tend to forget to write the correct answer after using liquid paper. I informed the Head about it, but he said that it's okay. Since he took no action, I obeyed and let it be.
Now, let's recap:
- dissatisfied with the Head of Invigilator for assisting all the candidates
- candidates used prohibited stationery
- made commotion
I must admit that I have been putting my resting bitch face since day 1. Anyway, there was Art subject this week and I was shocked that about half of the registered candidates still use colour pencils, and some seemed like it was their first time using water colour medium. I may sound like I am belittling them, but I really wonder if their Art teacher was really an Art major or just a black sheep, forced to teach, or the teacher focused too much on completing the project/coursework.
Also, I have came to accept the fact that perhaps the teachers in this particular school never disciplined them or they were just way too lenient. Again, the candidates attempted cheating. I dislike how they took advantage to ask for answer(s) from their neighbours, thinking that the invigilators were not looking. That's just plain rude.
I finally saw the candidates queuing outside, but that was it. They walked in in scattering pattern. And once again, they took advantage to ask their friends when the invigilators were not looking.
I noticed that the girls from the front classes are the one breaking rules over and over. Boys from the back classes did those too, but they would show more obedience and respect when I gave them my death stare.
Finally, the end of SPM week, the end of the candidates' secondary education, and still attempted to cheat in exam.
All I can say is I realised how lucky I was to have attended a school where my teachers constantly reminded us (the students) to be disciplined and behave ourselves at all times, not to give negative impression to others even if you want to. Hmm.. It is not that I cannot be lenient, but when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Just like how the locals here would say, masuk kandang kambing mengembek, masuk kandang kerbau menguak.
Anyway, the Head plans to nominate me as a Head for SPM 2019. Joke or not, no thanks. If I became one, I would have the candidates fail.
Below are the rules and regulations violated before my eyes:
CALON - ARAHAN, AMARAN, LARANGAN DAN PERINGATAN
4.3 Calon hendaklah menulis jawapan dengan menggunakan pena mata bola berdakwat hitam atau biru. ...
5.7 ... . Calon dilarang menggunakan pemadam jenis cecair, kimia, pelekat atau seumpamanya.
6.2 Calon tidak dibenarkanbaca keluar dari dewan/bilik peperiksaan 30 minit pertama peperiksaan dimulakan dan 10 minit terakhir sebelum peperiksaan ditamatkan ...
6.4 Calon tidak dibenarkan mengganggu ketenteraman di dalam atau berhampiran dewan/bilik peperiksaan semasa peperiksaan.
7.3 Calon dilarang mendedahkan kertas peperiksaan atau/dan jawapan peperiksaan sehingga boleh dibaca oleh calon lain.
7.4 Calon dilarang memberi pertolongan, mendapatkan pertolongan, berhubung dengan orang lain di dalam atau di luar dewan/bilik peperiksaan walau dengan apa cara sekalipun yang boleh disabitkan dengan perbuatan salah laku dalam peperiksaan.
According to page 7 of the timetable booklet which contains the rules and regulations, which all candidates possess, based on Item 8
Calon yang melanggar sebarang peraturan peperiksaan dalam Bahagian D: 7. Larangan di Dewan/Bilik Peperiksaan dianggap salah laku dan akan menyebabkan calon dikenakan tindakan tatatertib. Menurut Peraturan-Peraturan Pendidikan (Penilaian dan Peperiksaan) 1997 dalam Akta Pendidikan 1996 (Akta 550) salah laku ertinya menipu ... atau apa-apa salah laku yang lain yang disifatkan sebagai satu salah laku serius oleh Lembaga Peperiksaan. Calon yang disabitkan dengan mana-mana salah laku boleh dikenakan tindakan berikut:-
ii. keputusan peperiksaan mana-mana kertas peperiksaan dibatalkan;
iii. keputusan peperiksaan yang dikendalikan di sesuatu pusat peperiksaan diisytiharkan terbatal.
Lastly, I want to say that it's a shame that good-looking candidates tried to cheat. Those good looks mean nothing with ugly heart and personality.