Regular readers of Jakartass will be aware that I take great care with sentence structure and punctuation. None of us are perfect, so if I spot an error in a post, however old it is, I correct it.
It was with some trepidation, therefore, that I did the sample grammar and punctuation test in today's Guardian. Thankfully, I got 14 out of 14 correct. Apparently, year 6 pupils in the UK will be taking something similar in June as they sit their 11+ exams, or whatever they're called now.
This past week I've been helping Year 9s with 'simulasi' (practice) English tests as they prepare to take their ujian monyet exams which they have to pass if they are to graduate and enter senior high school. There are practice books available from book stores, but this illustration is from an official simulasi provided by the Jakarta Education department last year. (Of the 50 questions students are expected to answer, just 17 were in 'good' English, and three of them were so simple that they could have been answered by anyone who's never had an English lesson.)
It obviously means that those charged with raising academic standards are incompetent.