Hard-working pupil conquers PSLE after 4 years of absence from school

Nur Shaqeerah Mohammad Fairuz used to fail all her subjects, but turned her work around and received a pass on every subject in the PSLE. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - For almost four years, Nur Shaqeerah Mohammad Fairuz was physically dragged to school by her aunt and was failing every class.

Her aversion to school started after her parents separated.

"I was sad because my parents were quarrelling, which made it very hard to go to school, I used to fail all my subjects," said the Angsana Primary pupil.

Ms Foong Yin Wei, Nur Shaqeerah's school principal, said: "It takes a whole village to raise a child." And that was what happened.

Counsellors, teachers, friends, and Nur Shaqeerah's older sister, now 14, strove to convince her to go back to school.

Said Nur Shaqeerah: "I saw my sister go to school and it finally encouraged me to go too, so that I can support my family one day."

By Primary 5, Nur Shaqeerah decided to give school her all.

To make up for lost time, she borrowed notes from her friends and dedicated herself to studying a minimum of two hours a day outside of school and with no extra tuition.

She also took part in the Rainbow Programme, a counselling school service, that she is certain was instrumental in improving her confidence.

Hard work paid off, and the 12-year-old picked up a pass for every subject in the Primary School Leaving Examination on Friday morning (Nov 24) when she received her results in school.

"I am so happy," she said. "My favourite subjects are mathematics and mother tongue," she added.

From not studying at all, Nur Shaqeerah is now committing to education and said: "I hope to study to become a mathematics and mother tongue teacher one day, encouraging other children to enjoy school too."

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