Yesterday I was talking to my ex student when he told me that he passed his SPM English which was such an incredible news because he couldn't read when I used to teach him in form 1 and 2.
Like seriously can't understand and read words like "here" and "there", so we had to start from Peter and Jane book 1A.
So to hear that he's passed his SPM.. wow. He must have worked so so so hard for it! 😭
Found this old pic of me tutoring them at home using a broken wardrobe door as table on top of cardboard box hahaha.
Sadly, he also told me that 2 of the kids in this pic didn't even do their SPM, as one of them left school after form 4 to work, and the other just didn't turn up during the exam.
While I was happy that he passed his SPM, the reality is he actually still couldn't converse in English at all. The road is still so long for these kids and the odds are always going to be up against them sadly. I don't know how I feel about this.
These are my first sets of students when I first started teaching. I watched them grow from bright-eyed kids on the first day of secondary school to being really naughty teenagers to now being adults!
But knowing that even if they have worked so hard from not being able to read to now passing SPM, they're still going to face tremendous amount of inequity and challenges in life. They're just these tiny little fishes swimming against the current everyday, with more and more obstacles blocking their paths and no one to protect them along the way.
Tbh it's depressing thinking about the scale of inequity in Msia and globally. It's just too unfair and yet it's normal, how is that even possible??
Sunday, 19 Mar 2017
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