Yes, this is an ugly side of Malaysian University!! Particularly Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. I'm not sure with the situation in other universities though.
Why? Read the below excerpt of a letter:
PINDAAN TARIKH PEPERIKSAAN AKHIR SEMESTER I SESI AKADEMIK 2010-2011
SEMPENA CUTI TAMBAHAN HARI DEEPAVALI
Dimaklumkan bahawa Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi telah meminta semua universiti
mempertimbangkan cuti tambahan hari Deepavali dan menjadualkan semula tarikh
peperiksaan akhir Semester I Sesi Akademik 2010-2011 bagi menghormati perayaan
tersebut. Setelah berbincang dengan Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia, pihak Pengurusan Universiti telah bersetuju cuti tambahan sempena hari
Deepavali dilanjutkan seperti berikut:
Tarikh asal : 4 – 7 November 2010
Tarikh baru : 3 – 8 November 2010
Sehubungan dengan itu, semua pelajar yang terlibat dengan peperiksaan pada 3 dan 8
November 2010 diminta mengambil Kad Masuk dan Jadual Peperiksaan (KMJP) yang
baru di Pejabat Dekan Fakulti masing-masing mulai 19 Oktober 2010.
Segala kesulitan sangat dikesali.
Sekian dimaklumkan, terima kasih.
It's only a week a way from exam, and they are making such changes!!
Ya, it's good to respect the celebration of Deepavali and all, i have nothing against this at all. In fact, every year, it's only Raya and Chinese New Year have the most attention on holidays and all. But what's with the last minute changes? Did they just realised in this moment that universities should respect the celebration of Deepavali? They should have known this earlier and save up all this problematic and last minute changes!
The changes of exam dates is affected as well. And they are changing some of the dates to 31st October, which happens to be on a Sunday. So much talking done on being respectful? Why do they have to replace exams on a Sunday, which is a day where most Christians meet up in church for worship and sermons (some churches meet on Saturday)? I remember hearing people having exams on Sundays in the previous semesters. This is crazy. The Muslims have to perform their Friday Prayer in mosque every Friday afternoon, hence lectures and exams wont fall on that time. So, it's okay to interrupt the worship and sermon of Christians huh?
Noticed in the letter, it was the Ministry of Higher Education who asked universities to consider having additional holidays for Deepavali and reschedule the exam schedule. If you think carefully enough, you'll realised that this has got to do with some political issues.
Again, this shouldn't be happening if there's proper and careful plannings by the Ministry of Higher Education and the universities. This has once again clearly proven that we Malaysian, are still way far from achieving the dream of 1Malaysia or Wawasan 2020 or whatsoever that we are dreaming about. If this doesnt change, well, it'll forever be a dream only!
This is not the Malaysia i'm expecting in future.. *let us pray earnestly for a better Malaysia*