THE NUMBERS GAME
9 September, 2012 Leave a comment
From one, we became three. And from then, we kept increasing in numbers. At present there are some 49 MRSMs in operation.
The MRSMs have each achieved good results in the public examinations, either at the PMR or the SPM levels. Now that academic achievement is a Key Performance Indicator for many administrators and also for the politicians, emphasis is placed on good academic results. It’s no longer a matter of 8 “A”s but rather 8 “A+”s.
And still the system provided the numbers. Time tested teaching regimens are imposed, preps are compulsory. Good results would bring endorsements for more MRSMs in the future. And so the numbers game go.
MRSM Pasir Salak is one of the many MRSMs in the state of Perak. It was the 4th MRSM built in Perak and the 31st MRSM to become operational. MRSM Pasir Salak opened its doors to the first intake on 17th February 2003 with an inital intake of 261 students. MRSM Pasir Salak is located near to Kampung Gajah. The durians in Kampung Gajah are among the best, though I doubt if there are any durian trees in MRSM Pasir Salak.
Presently, 3 of the MRSMs only take in students for Forms 1 to 3. They are MRSM Kuala Klawang, MRSM Pasir Tumboh and MRSM Gerik.
MRSM Pengkalan Chepa, MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba (Jasin) and MRSM Taiping enrols only students in Forms 4 and 5.
The conventional MRSMs with students from Forms 1 to 5 enrolled are MRSMs PDRM Kulim, Terendak, Kuching, Kota Putra, Pendang, Lenggong, Langkawi, Mersing, Jeli, Batu Pahat, Pontian, Kuala Krai, Kuala Kubu Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Transkrian, Tun Ghazali Shafie, Muadzam Shah, Serting, Kota Kinabalu, Pasir Salak, Besut, Gemencheh, Kubang Pasu, Merbok, Kepala Batas, Alor Gajah, Muar, Balik Pulau, Beseri, Kuala Berang, Felda, Bentong, Betong, Kuantan, Tun Abdul Razak, Mukah, Tawau, Pengkalan Hulu, Tumpat, Baling, Johor Bahru, Parit.
MRSM Seremban remains unique due to the unique circumstances of our college existence. We had a small campus, unlike the modern MRSMs with a large (40 acres?) campus, and well-defined functional layouts. And while the other MRSMs alumni continue to swell in ranks, we at ANSARA Seremban won’t have new members joining us.
But are we, the product of the early MRSMs different from the current crop of MRSM students? That’s debatable.. Academics will point to the numbers and pie charts and swear by the effectiveness of current methods and schemes. Purists like me yearn for the return of the “old” learning approach of learning by discovery. I have seen three sons go through the modern MRSM system. But I detect subtle differences in them, compared to the MRSM graduates of our generation.
There’s this blog by Azly Rahman, an ex-MRSM Kuantan alumnus who currently resides in the United States. He calls the MRSM system is a successful failure. He’s entitled to his opinion, we are entitled to ours. I don’t quite see things the same way he does. I view his views rather blinkered, and very generous at generalising MRSM students. Read his blog, and form your own opinions.
After all, we were taught to reason and think and form our own opinions. I am certainly not a parrot.