By FARIK ZOLKEPLI – email@example.com
KUALA TERENGGANU: A boy who earned praise for scoring 4As and 1B in last year’s UPSR examination despite his poor school attendance now wants to be a model student.
In contrast to his previous high absenteeism record (he only attended 98 out of the 195 schooling days), Mohd Saiful Aizam Kasuraidi, 13, has not missed a single day of school this year.
He is determined to get good grades, make new friends and maintain his current attendance rate.
The SMK Tengku Bariah Form One student has been able to make a “new beginning” as his mother Sadariah Ismail is feeling much better.
The 41-year-old is suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus, a disease which causes acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues in the body.
“I am determined to make up for lost time. I am enjoying school and making new friends while having fun learning new things in class,” said Mohd Saiful.
With the disappointment of not being accepted into a boarding school behind him, Mohd Saiful has pledged to turn things around this year.
“Even if I don’t get into boarding school this time, there is still a chance after PMR,” he added.
Sadariah said her son still offered to look after her despite her improved condition, but she wanted Mohd Saiful to concentrate on his studies.
“I want him to do well. He has his whole life ahead of him. He also deserves to enjoy his childhood,” she said.
Mohd Saiful’s father Kasuraidi Mat Jusoh, 36, a construction worker, said he and his wife took turns to look after his mother, Limah Jusoh, 71.
“I want my son to have a better future and career. He still helps around the house but it does not necessitate him skipping school,” he added.