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Computers have become an important and indispensable feature of our lives.

since its inventions few decades ago and the subsequent introduction of the Inte
rnet, it has become an essential tool for many students and adults alike. Comput
er is used at work and even at schools which usually have computer laboratories.
However, although computers are a great technological invention contributing tre
mendously to human kind, it is not necessary that each student should own a comp
uter to be intelligent and smart. firstly, as mentioned above, most schools have
computer labs which are accessible for students. thus, poor students who are un
able to afford computers can utilise the facilities at their school or assignmen
t and research.
Secondly, research has shown that many students do not use the computer wisely.
Most computers have internet connections that help students with research as it
contains volumes of data. However there are students who use it to watch illegal
and pornographic sites. some even download pornographic images and distribute i
t to other students. Thus, if students possess individual computers, they may be
tempted to visit these sites as there is no supervision from school authorities
. These smuts cannot be accessed via school computers as the sites are barred by
school authorities. There is thus, better control and supervision of students a
t the school computer laboratories compared to students who own personal compute
In addition, many cyber and internet cafes are sprouting in malaysia. It is rela
tively inexpensive to use their facilities. Thus, it is not necessary for studen
ts to own computers which are expensive and whose technology becomes outdated ev
ery year. Computers at the cyber cafes are constantly upgraded as it is patronis
ed by the public and the latter is charged a fee. It is ridiculous to expect stu
dents to buy new and upgraded computers every year.
Finally, there have been many complaints regarding plagiarism. Since the interne
t has mountains of information and data, many students download or copy the arti
cles and submit them as part of their assignment. Thus, internet does not allow
for creativity to flourish and students become too dependent on it. The conventi
onal research is better as it forces students to visit the library and plough th
rough the books to help them with assignments.
Though there are arguments that can be advanced to support the advantages of hav
ing one's own computer, it is not necessary for a student to own one. There are
many computer facilities which can be used for the purposes of research and assi
My mother accompanied me to school on the first day. Other parents accompanied t
heir children as well. We all waited in front of the school office.
Soon a teacher came and led us to some classrooms. There we were put into four s
eparate classes. This was when some children began to cry as the parents were no
t allowed into the classrooms. I did not cry because I had been to kindergarten
before. Actually my mother went home soon after for she knew I would be all righ
It was an enjoyable time for me as I got to know my new classmates. The teacher
was very busy writing down our particulars so we had plenty of time to ourselves
Meantime some children continued to sob while their parents looked in anxiously
through the windows.
Soon recess came. Some of us headed for the tuck-shop while the rest headed for

their parents. I bought a drink with the money my mother gave me. Getting to kno
w my new friends had made me thirsty.
After recess we went back to out classroom and my new friends and I managed to c
oax two boys to stop crying. In fact, soon we were laughing and playing together
. Once in a while the teacher had to tell us to keep quiet as we were making too
much noise.
"Examinations" - This is a word that causes sleepless nights, a word can change
a cheerful person into a nervous wreck. So, what are examinations, and how can t
hey be any good?
An examination can be defined as a detailed inspection or analysis of an object
or person. For example, an engineer will examine a structure, like a bridge, to
see if it is safe. A doctor may conduct a medical examination to gauge whether a
patient is healthy. In the school context, it is the students who take the exam
inations. These are usually a series of comprehensive tests held at the end of e
ach term, year or, in the case of public examinations, after a few years.
One of the main purposes of school examinations is to improve the quality of edu
cation. From the results of the examinations, the teachers and planners of the c
urriculum will be able to gauge the extent to which the students have acquired t
he knowledge and skills of the course material. This would, first of all, provid
e an evaluation of their teaching methods, so they can improve them, if necessar
Examinations are also used as a yardstick for measuring the capability of the ca
ndidate, for further education or employment. For example, examination results a
re the main criteria when selecting students for entrance into universities. It
is assumed that the examination results would indicate whether or not the studen
t will be able to handle the course. In the case of employment, it is felt that
the examination results will indicate whether or not the job seeker has the skil
ls or intelligence to handle the job.
However, does the school examination system provide an accurate yardstick of the
candidate's ability? Albert Einstein, at the age of 16, took the entrance exam
to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, but failed and so was rejected by
this elite school. Yet, Einstein went on to develop the theory of relativity and
quantum theory, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics at the age of 42. Other exam
ples of famous achievers who failed in school examinations would include Winston
Churchill, Thomas Edison and Bill Gates.
One may also question whether the present examination system results in better t
eaching in schools. In fact, some teachers are so pressured to produce good exam
ination results that they are forced to practise poor teaching methods. They may
race through the syllabus, ignoring the fact that the weaker students have not
grasped some of the concepts. Some other teachers may concentrate on popular exa
mination topics, ignoring the topics which are rarely tested in the examinations
Pressure to succeed in examinations may also be detrimental to the students. The
y may be so filled with anxiety and stress that they do not enjoy their school y
ears. They may be studying only to get good examination results, rather than a r
ounded education. Some of the weaker students, who cannot seem to achieve good e
xamination results, may lose interest in their studies. In extreme cases, studen
ts may be so frustrated or disappointed in their results that they may consider
ending their lives.

In conclusion, I realise that examinations are necessary and useful in many area
s of our lives. However, within the school system, they should be given less emp
hasis or conducted in a different way. Furthermore, educationists, employers and
students themselves should be reminded that examination results may not provide
the best assessment of an individual's talents and capabilities.
Still some parents looked in anxiously through the windows.
Finally the bell rang for us to go home. Some of us were very relieved to be reu
nited with our parents. I too was glad to see my mother waiting for me at the sc
hool gate. I had made many friends. It had been a wonderful first day at school.