Did I get it right that around 17,000 children managed to get straight A’s in the recent SPM examination? Is it really as simple as that, and that a world record as well, perhaps?
That being the scenario I have every reason to be depressed because when I was of that age I did not achieve that distinction, nor did any of my three children at their respective ages. If that is not enough, I have not yet seen one of my grandchildren able to ‘break that record’, or should I say ‘create a record’. Well, isn’t there a saying that goes - ‘like grandfather like father like grandson’?
No, we have not done that badly, though.
The first call Pakcik received that day was from that girl I wrote about on 30.10.12, click “Do we have a winner?”
Just do it with a smile
“Pakcik, I’ve got straight A’s,” came her soft voice over the phone. Later she turned up at our house to show her examination result slip, and to discuss her likely courses. What an irony it is when good results create a problem of choice. I never had that when what I desparately needed was just one chance.
A few others turned up to express, “Thank you Pakcik.” That was reward enough, the one I have been enjoying over the last many years.
Yes, the 8, 7, 6, 5 and the rset of A's are all there.
There is nothing to complain about
So what if we get a couple of A's less?
So, another year has passed and more children are taking a big step into the increasingly more challenging world. We can look back and smile at how we managed our days. It is now their turns.
Whilst I am gratified to see more ex-Almanar pupils successfully getting through their SPM examination, and more completing their further studies,
I cannot help thinking of the despair in the few unfortunate families when the inevitable happens. My postings on 23rd April 2012 and 16th Nov 2013 ( End of tunnel series Pt 17 and Pt 20 ) give short accounts of the demise of two of Pakcik’s ‘children’ when all seemed to signal a brighter future for the families.
Luqman - 34
That is from the concluding verse of Surah Luqman which I understand to mean, “And no one knows what tomorrow has in store. And no one knows what land he is to die. Verily HE has full knowledge of everything.”
I think of that to bring home my limitations in life – a sobering thought. But we strive hard, nonetheless, as a prerequisite. And I advise all my 'children' to bear this in mind.
Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan