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PSLE: He doesn't use kidney condition as excuse to not do things

Abbas' kidney condition causes him to feel weak or tired when he overexerts himself. Despite that, the pupil would help his classmates with their schoolwork and ensure the classroom was kept clean.
Abbas' kidney condition causes him to feel weak or tired when he overexerts himself. Despite that, the pupil would help his classmates with their schoolwork and ensure the classroom was kept clean.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Abbas Esoof Saleh has a kidney condition which causes him to feel weak after strenuous activities and makes him prone to falling ill.

"If I overexert myself, I would feel dizzy or tired," he said. "But the condition does not give me an excuse not to do certain things."

The Greenwood Primary School pupil, who goes for check-ups about three times yearly, scored 179 at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), making him eligible to enter the Normal (Academic) stream in secondary school.

He never used his condition, which left his right kidney functioning at just 12 per cent of a normal one, as an excuse to shy away from his responsibilities in school.

 

Abbas, who has three siblings aged between 11 and 19, took on the role of a class monitor in Primary 4 and 6.

STRIVING TO BE BETTER

He does not use his condition to say that he can't do something. Instead, he strives to become better. Despite his condition, he goes beyond thinking about himself but also others.

MADAM SHAMENI, form teacher of Abbas Esoof Saleh who has a kidney condition.

Often, the 12-year-old would go out of his way to help his classmates when they needed help with their schoolwork. He also made it a point to ensure the classroom was kept clean and would remind his friends to do the same.

"As a class monitor, I am supposed to set a good example," he said. "I would give my best in everything."

When he first entered primary school, his parents were concerned about his well-being. But that changed over the years when they knew that his teachers were looking out for him.

"My parents felt relieved and allowed me to do sports and play with my friends," he said.

His form teacher, Madam Shameni, said Abbas took part in school activities just like his schoolmates. But the teachers monitored him closely when he did strenuous ones.

"He does not use his condition to say that he can't do something. Instead, he strives to become better," she added. "Despite his condition, he goes beyond thinking about himself but also others."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2016, with the headline 'He doesn't use kidney condition as excuse to not do things'. Print Edition | Subscribe