Sunday, September 30, 2012

Politics in Schools

The Government is terrified of Bersih. Therefore, Bersih is flayed, outlawed and damned. Regretably, one school, i.e. SMK Aminuddin Baki in Johor Baru was so overcome with recklessness that it realized too late that it had stepped into a political minefield. The school's SPM Moral Studies trial examination paper had deemed it fit to talk about the Bersih 3.0 protest and described it as an unlawful event. The said paper even carried a photograph of the April 28 demo and this was followed by the question: "Is it appropriate for a citizen to participate in an illegal assembly?" 

Of course, from a government lackey's perspective, the correct answer was "Not appropriate".

Anyway, when the offending question was posted on the Net, there was the predictable uproar. The school's principal Wan Hajasham Harun when contacted by Malaysiakini on Friday dismissed it as much ado about nothing.

Even Deputy Education Minister Puad Zarkashi had said there was "no problem with the question so long as it did not touch on racial and religious sensitivities or insult any individuals".

So what does this tell you? That this type of indoctrination is happening in Malaysian schools and alarm bells should be ringing loudly. That this particular school head is a bona fide idiot, more interested in scoring political points. That education in Bolehland has really gone to the dogs. DAP's Lim Kit Siang on Friday mused whether Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin or his running dogs would have approved SPM questions such as those on police violence during peaceful rallies.

If Wan Hajasham Harun wishes to indulge in politics, then she should quit and join UMNO. But do not bring politics into schools.

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