the SPM starts today with BM paper 1. the mention of that paper always sends chills down my spine. many years ago when i sat for that paper, i forgot to write my index number on a few answer sheets. which means, should they become detached from the front sheet, they could not be traced to me. i had nightmares of the examiner chucking them into the waste paper basket.
the fear of failure did play on my mind throughout the exams. i imagined repeating form 5, or forced to start work.
as it turned out, i got a P7 - a pass which allows passage to Form 6. those days, there weren't much choice for middle-income family like mine - studying at Taylor's (the only local private college those days) or overseas was beyond our means. and a credit in BM is required to enter Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, which would have fast-tracked to my dream career in engineering.
anyway, i sat for the supplementary BM paper in July the next year & got a C6. i jumped for joy & you'd think i score an A1!!
students nowadays are spoilt for choice for career paths after form 5. i wish them all the very best & hope they seize the day.
but i wouldn't want to be in their shoes!!