KUALA LUMPUR: Having an uncle who is the of the same age and studying in the same school proved exciting for Year One student Mohd Naim Aiman Najurudeen.
The SK Methodist student could not wait to get into his new uniform and head straight to school to meet his uncle Mohd Irfan Mohd Nordin during the school’s orientation day yesterday.
“He was really enthusiastic about going to school and was hurrying his dad to avoid the traffic jam this morning,” said his mother, Meheroon Nisa Abdul Malik.
However, she is glad the two are not in the same class because “when they gang up, the teacher won’t be able to concentrate on teaching, trust me.”
“It’s nice to have Mohd Irfan around. It feels like home,” said Mohd Naim, whose grandfather and Irfan’s father are brothers.
The boys are among half a million six-year-olds entering Year One this year. These children attend their respective school’s Orientation Day to prepare them for their first official school day which begins tomorrow in Kedah, Kelantan and Trengganu, and on Monday for the rest of the country.
First introduced in 1990, the orientation session is to get the first-timers familiar with their school environment and their teachers.
“Mohd Naim is very independent and mixes around easily so I’m not worried about him that much compared with his younger sister who will be starting kindergarten this year,” said his mum.
However, the six-year-old will have his plate full attending Islamic religious classes in the morning, followed by school and tuition classes in the evening.
Parents are also concerned about negative peer influences.
“After reading about so many students being involved in social ills, I am a little worried that he may be influenced by the wrong group of people,” said Meheroon.
How does uncle Irfan feel about having his nephew around?
“We call each other by names, not uncle, so it’s ok. I’m happy he’s around.”
Intending to follow the footsteps of his eldest sister who scored 8As in the recent PMR examinations, Mohd Irfan began tuition classes during the holidays.
“I didn’t want to let him have a gap to play and forget about studying,” said father Mohd Nordin Abd Karim.
For neighbours Mohamad Irfan Danial and Ahmad Hakim Madshah, the excitement of starting Year One was an extension of the fun they had together during kindergarten.
Mohamad Irfan was busy the night before – he slept at 1am – preparing for the big day, making sure he had his uniforms and shoes ready.
Stepping into Year One brings him closer to achieving his ambition.
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