AN apex university is supposed to be the place to pursue excellence.
When it is supposed to be a place for excellence, its staff is expected to be of top class, at least when compared to other ‘lesser’ institution of higher learning in the country.
What happened on Sunday was failure at its worst , when thousands of students’ names were uploaded on its website as successful applicants, when in fact they were not.
According to NST: “There were only 3,599 successful applicants but the names of all 8,173 were uploaded,”
The authority blamed it on ‘computer/technical error”. Computers are machines, they will not make mistakes like this. It is in fact ‘human’ error that such a thing happened.
I tend to agree with one of the parents who said that this is an unacceptable blunder, given the status of the university as the apex, meaning the top, institution of higher learning.
This is a manifestation of what I like to call “Manhole syndrome”, or for those who have not read my article on this syndrome, there is another name for this, “Tidak apa attitude syndrome”.
This is symbolic of the ills that have infested the country. The whole culture of excellence has given way to a culture of mediocre, and this culture of mediocre will eventually give way to a culture of rots.