Thursday, October 04, 2007

Student Blogger Exposed Cheats

As reported in the local Star newspaper:-

A young blogger caused a storm in her school after she wrote that some fellow students had exchanged notes during a recent examination. The Form Four girl said the copycats were unfair to others, adding that those who cheated eventually scored high marks while those who did not, got low grades.

She further claimed that the teachers who knew what was going on during the examination deliberately ignored the incident. Her grouses prompted the school authorities to order her to remove her entry in the blog.

A schoolmate of the 16-year-old girl said she broke down and felt she had been victimised merely because she wanted justice to prevail. The friend said the blogger had named the alleged copycat students and the teachers, and this had probably upset the school authorities.

It is learnt that the matter came to light when the named students told their parents about the blog entry. The parents then went to the school, demanding action against the young blogger.

“The school authorities called her up for questioning and asked her to remove the entry in front of them. “They told her what she did would damage the image of the school and the students,” said the girl’s friend.

The school’s senior assistant, Adilayah Ramli, said they did not mean to punish the young blogger or victimise her. “We asked her to remove the entry from the blog as it was slanderous and damaging to the teachers and students who were named.

“She is a good student and she scored straight As in her PMR exam last year. We understand her frustration,” Adilayah said, adding that the postings were mere allegations. However, she said the school was investigating the girl’s claims and would seek an explanation from those named in the blog. “We want to know their side of the story before resorting to any action.”

What would you have done if you were the young blogger's parents? If you were the blogger, would you make your stand in what you have blogged? (bearing in mind legal suits may arise)

It would be considered slanderous if no other students dare to stand up for this young blogger. Since students were not allowed to bring mobile camera phones to school, they can't take a picture or video shoot to proof the situation. This student is known as a 'Whistleblower' by putting up that blog posting.

In other words - "don't voice out if you see injustice, keep it to yourself because it's not worth the effort and worse still, you will be known as a person who wants to stir up a peaceful situation."

If this is being taught and made known to students, that would be their mentality when they go out to work and their social life would be shaped according to their previous experience.
Tags: Student Blogger, School Authorities, Education, Exam Cheats, Copycat, Whistleblower



Blogger caffe_latte said...

i am the 'young student blogger' in the papers.
And yes, some of my classmates did stand up after this issue is made known to give statements agaisnt that girl.
The school did not call me a troublemaker for posting that, merely said that I should tell them before blogging that.

=)have a nice day

11 October, 2007 15:37  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

thks for clearing it. and i hope that you will not be disturbed by this incident. i admire yr courage for standing up to what is right.

11 October, 2007 15:52  
Blogger caffe_latte said...

I AM disturbed. But hey, that's life, right?

=) thanks.

11 October, 2007 16:32  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

glad to see u having a strong character at yr age. yeah, that's life and u need to go thru it.

11 October, 2007 17:08  

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