I had developed a computer programme that may help in the implementation. With the implemetation of a computer Merit Demerit system, the burden of doing paper work will be reduced. Keeping track of records of all students in school will be taken care of by the system. All the teachers need to do is to enter into the system all the merits and demerits of every student as soon as possible so that the system can provide the up-to-date disciplinary information of the school.
The system that I developed will save teachers’ time in typing in students’ basic information. It can import student basic particulars from SMM. In the 1980s, the Ministry of Education had come up with different categories of indiscipline. Types of disciplinary problems were listed out with codes for easier analysis. In 1997, School Division introduced a computer program to record different types of discipline occurred in schools to provide feedback to the Education Department. The computer system, SSDM, made use of the existing system of disciplinary codes that was introduced earlier. Basically, teacher-in-charge has to key in all the disciplinary problems from their disciplinary record book, where teachers record wqhenever disciplinary problems were brought to their attention. However, the programme only record disciplinary problems.
To introduce Merit Demerit System, the school must record both, good and bad deed of students. There is no problem in the demerit as there already existed since the 1980s. All the school needs to do is to award negative points to each and every disciplinary problems in the list.
On the positive side, school needs to list out all the activities that deserve to be given merit points. Merit points can be given to various posts held by students. Important posts with heavier responsiblities will be given higer merit points. Merit points should also be given for students who come forward to help teachers or students who need help.
With both merit list and demerit list, the school is now ready to implement the Merit Demerit System. In order to be effective, the disciplinary board must put up in the class up-to-date list of students showing the status of points. The school may start will 60 or 100 for every student. The demerit points will reduce the points while the merit points will increase. Once the net points fall below to certain level, punishment will be metted out on the students. The list may be updated fortnightly whenever there are changes in the status.
The following shows some screen shots of Sistem Merit Demerit: