Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Something Gotta Give... For the Quest Of A Lot Of As

Son is sitting for his big exam this year; the UPSR.
Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah.
Primary School Evaluation Test.

THE exam before going into secondary school next year.

He was completely ambivalent about the prospect of going to boarding school before this, despite Mommy’s effort to “brainwash” him but I guess his teachers are more persuasive. Kids do listen to their teachers more than the parents once they enter school anyway. Like, really.

Now, he is all gungho about it and is motivated enough to do revisions himself without much persuasion to get good results. His parents on the other hand, still kinda had to be forced to sit with him and revise together. Hohoho

Anyway, his school has arranged for extra classes 4 times a week on weekdays after schooling session and Son opts-in.

We had hoped (well, I had hoped) for Son to continue with the SRA (religious school) and do his UPSRA (the "agama" version of UPSR) this year, but I guess it’ll be too hectic for Son to cope. Well, if the Ustazahs allow him to enter class an hour late, that is.

They don’t seem to like the fact that some students are late because of their morning school despite the fact that these students do really made the effort to attend classes instead of just missing them. Son had had to endure their “displeasure” for the past years.

He had done his UPKK (Ujian Penilaian Kelas KAFA, which is basically an exam that covers the ability & competency of students to read Al-Quran, knowledge of the way of Islam & being a muslim plus reading skill in jawi and also Arab language) exam last year; which is another big exam for the SRA and gotten all As in it and I do think he does well in the Agama stream. We even asked Son to consider the Islamic school stream for secondary school. I know quite a number of successful friends who entered secondary religious school (Sekolah Menengah Agama) and entering one doesn’t mean you are bound to come out as Ustaz or Ustazah. No, not at all.

But we finally decided that Son has no choice to stop going to the SRA. It's hard to continue when one doesn't receive support from the teachers too. Maybe it's hard for us because we didn't fight enough but ah well...

Our respect to students and parents who manage to make studying at both stream work in Standard 6.

For Son, all the best with studying and for the exam. We’ll try our best to support you.

21 comments:

  1. Sad for him to hv drop SRA. Teachers should show more support la. I know coming in late distrupt d class but his results hv all along been good wat. Not as if he purposely miss the one hr

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    1. Mbe I m talking out of my league la but aren't they supposed to be happy that more students opt for SRA. Getting know of ones religion .

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    2. You know, SRA students in each class tend to get lesser and lesser as the class move up. Can't blame the students as it is a challenge to continue while having a busy normal primary school studies. Ah well...

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  2. All the best to your son, fighting!!! =]

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  3. Good luck and all the best to your kid!

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  4. well well well, whatever it is, i think the most important thing is still Raimie himself being happy and enjoying what he is doing.. i guess as parents nowadays, you probably play only the supporting role rather than the decision maker like those in the olden days huh?? and i guess, in Mak Glam's "democratic" family, everyone's voice is heard and surely the decision was made under thorough considerations and consensus..

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    1. I "suffered" while trying to please my parents and do and study what they wanted so I do not want to be the same to my son.

      Son does love SRA. He does well there. But there's a struggle and I'm afraid since the SRA is a supplementary school to Sekolah Kebangsaan, we had to choose not to give priority to it.

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  5. what a waste Raimie has to drop his SRA, but then there is a chinese saying "you may not know what better things you will get if you don't let go of what you have now".. just have to think in a positive way and i am sure with or without XXA (errr, i mean anything Agama) Raimie the good boy will still grow up (and of course be brought up) to be a good young man..

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    1. What a good saying.

      Yeah, hope there will be positive outcome.

      Hey! He still can go to Sekolah Agama with his UPKK results, if am not mistaken. ;)

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  6. BTW, very rajin lah, already started to prepare for UPSR!! i remember i didn't start so early, probably towards the final couple of months when the teachers start nagging.. i bet the same thing to the Mommy also lah.. so, cracking your head on those Standard 6 Maths?? haha, and i heard, the syllabus is tougher than those in our days, is that true??

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    1. Aiyoh,
      I don't remmeber sweating and thinking as much as I did now studying for SPM! LOL

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  7. Your son seems to be moving on the right track. He has good instincts and with parental support, he should excel. I shared his achievements always, with Letchumy so that she knows how rotten and spoilt the majority of her students are. Even her top students in her class who won govt scholarships saw ulat and other crawlies for the first time when they followed us to FRIM. Anay wanted to faint with shock la at their bawah tempurung lifestyles and upbringing. Mak Glam often bawa Raimie Jalan Jalan tengok Pokok tumbuhan and Haiyuan, I always applauded you!

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    1. Cannot say also lah Anay...

      Not everyone feels the need to learn about nature, right?

      At least Letchumi's students has her to show them. :)

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  8. **haiwan

    Good luck to handsome Raimie and I pray he will pass with flying colours! We will celebrate together meriah meriah!

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    1. We'll be away to celebrate it! HAHAHA

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  9. It's tough when the teachers themselves are not supportive. But now that the decision to drop it is confirm, no looking back but to concentrate on UPSR. All the best Raimie!

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    1. Yup, if there is support I suppose we can make this work.

      Thanks Merryn! :)

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