Beating the odds to gain success

  • Education
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2018

Abdul Hakim with his award in the special education category for being one of the top STPM students.

A student who is partly hearing impaired shows that determination pays off.

ALTHOUGH he is partly hearing impaired, Abdul Hakim Abdul Majid wanted to prove he could do well in his Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations.

He decided to move to Bagan Serai, Perak from Kuala Lumpur to make the change. Although he did not do as well in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, he wanted to prove that he could aim for a better future.

Abdul Hakim enrolled in SMK Alang Iskandar as a Lower Six student. He took Art, Bahasa Melayu, History and General Studies. Abdul Hakim lived with his grandparents in Bagai Serai while his family stayed in Kuala Lumpur.

His parents believed that the change of scenery would help him to focus and get better examination results. When he was in semester one, he had to cycle approximately 6.1 kilometres daily to reach school as he did not have a driving licence. Sometimes, his friends gave him a lift to school considering the distance he had to go.

“I fell in love with studying. Most of the time I looked forward to study groups and discussion sessions with my friends.

“I usually played the role of the teacher to help get a better understanding and share my knowledge with my friends,” he said.

When he wasn’t studying, Abdul Hakim who has an interest in literature, would spend his time writing poetry. He also relaxed by playing the FIFA online video games.

Although he is partly hearing impaired, one of his ears is more affected than the other one so he can hear his friends speak if they do so slowly and loudly.

He does not use hearing aids so he reads lips to understand better.

His school mates said the way he balanced his studies and relaxation made him a role model to them.

Abdul Hakim’s teachers described his as hardworking, obedient, friendly and generous as well as being a positive role model.

He said one of his worst experiences was when people ignored him due to his disability. “But I wanted to show people that even though I am hearing-impaired it does not stop me from changing my destiny and hoping that this inspires everyone that it is possible,” he said.

His determination paid off when he obtained a CGPA of 3.84 in the recent STPM and scored two As in Bahasa Melayu and Art as well as two A- in History and General Studies. Abdul Hakim also won a national award in the Special Education category.

The writer is Abdul Hakim’s schoolmate and is impressed by his determination to show that disability is no obstacle to success.

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