Price for obsession with grades


NEWS of record-breaking straight A’s in SPM results often carry celebratory headlines. But what if these achievements come at a cost? Certainly, 11,713 students scoring straight A’s is impressive, but are we creating “cram champions” with stellar grades but limited real-world abilities?

The relentless pursuit of perfect scores could be laying the groundwork for a future paralysed by the “paradox of choice”. Students excelling in every subject might face an identity crisis later. Acing every test translates to a multitude of next options within a rigid higher education system, making choosing the “best” path a daunting task.

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