Academic excellence alone does not guarantee that a child will lead a successful life when he is grown up.
Thus, parents and teachers should give due importance to the wholesome development of schoolchildren by not pushing them to concentrate on book learning alone.
This advice came from Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok in his speech at a cheque presentation ceremony for poor pupils from five primary schools in his Parliamentary constituency.
He expressed concern over the current trend in which parents and teachers focused on ensuring that students were results-oriented rather than developing their social skills and emotional conditions.
“The general perception that scoring straight As or getting excellent results in school exams will translate into future success for the children is untrue.
“Parents, teachers and society must change their perception that academic excellence will guarantee their children a successful life.
“They must realise that successful people are not made up of merely those with flying academic qualifications. They must also possess strength of character to succeed in life.”
At the cheque presentation ceremony held at SJK (T) Tun Sambanthan in Subang Jaya, Loh urged parents and teachers to also focus on building the emotional capacity of the children.
Without good control of emotion, he said, even those with good academic qualifications would end up as failures.
“These children will grow with the idea that getting all As and achieving academic excellence will ensure their success.
“This will lead them into depression when they face minor hiccups and this situation is not good for the future of the nation,” he added
Besides academic excellence, Loh said, emphasis should be also given to social and sports development of the children.
While at home, he said, children should be provided with religious guidance to help inculcate good moral values.
“We have to be serious in our approach towards the mental and emotional developmet of our children so that we will able produce people who excel both in academics and their life,” he added
Earlier, Loh presented cheques worth a total of RM22,800 to the SJK (T) Glenmarie, SRJK (T) Tun Sambanthan Subang Jaya, SK Sungai Way, SK Kelana Jaya and SK USJ2.
A total of 114 pupils from the schools also received aid from the Petaling District Education Department as part of the Education Ministry's aid for poor pupils programme.