2.3 The Effects of Examination Stress
2.3.1 The effect of examination stress on student’s psychology
One of the examination stress effects on students is that it could affect the students’ psychology. Example of psychological problem is committing suicide. Zasmani Shafiee (2007) stated that at present, there are 13% of students suffering from mental health problem that could lead to suicide if it remained untreated. Examination stress is too tense for students to handle and thus students seek for an easy solution to ends the problem by committing suicide.
Other than examination stress, personal dissatisfaction could also lead to students committing suicide. Gleneagles Medical Centre (2007) stated that during the examination seasons you can see that suicide cases among children and teens are because of failed self expectation. Students who failed to get their expected result would become stress and thus, without much thinking done, they committed suicide as a way to end their despair.
According to Miller (2001), expectations are double-edged swords, raising or lowering student outcomes according to the positive or negative nature of the expectations. Having expectations in one self is good as it motivated the students to work hard on their study. However, unachievable expectations could lead students to feel down on their self and thus, lead to feeling stress when they are unable to get the expected result. Anderson (n.d.) has stated that healthy and realistic expectation can encourage children’s success while unrealistically high expectation can set children up for failure.
2.3.2 The effect of parent’s high expectation on students
Another effect of examination stress is that parents are putting unachievable expectations on their children. Atkinson (2011) stated that factors of pressure among students are parents and school wanting good results. Sometimes, parents’ expectation is beyond their children capability thus forcing their children to study harder in order to achieve their parents’ expectations which can lead to stress among children.
In Malaysia, the government is trying to abolish UPSR and PMR as a way to lessen the stress faced by the students. However, due to parents’ expectation in their children, this action cannot be implemented as parents want to know their children level of achievement. As stated by Hishamuddin (2007), UPSR and PMR are hard to terminate due to parents expectation.
Zasmani Shafiee (2007) stated that parents are responsible for the stress faced by their children as parents let the education system to become too exam-oriented. Students are going through a lot of pressure in examination as their achievement in education is wholly determined by the examination. Parents are to be blamed for letting their children being oppressed by the examination and not taking any action to overcome it.
Other than that, parents should realize that every child is born with different talents, and not every child is good in...