KUALA LUMPUR: Having to resit for an examination is something most people would detest but Year Six pupils took yesterday’s UPSR Science and English papers in their stride.
SK Manjalara student Amrina Mohd Amir, 12, said she was more relaxed the second time around.
“I could answer the Science questions. I suppose it is because I have sat for it before. It felt easier than the first exam,” she said.
Her sentiments were echoed by friend Nur Jahirah Mohamad Mubarak, 12, who said her parents and teachers gave her the motivation and support to undergo the tests again.
The school’s music teacher, Asmah Ismail, 41, told her daughter Nur Aqilah Abd Farouk, 12, who goes to the same school, to accept that everything happens for a reason.
“Nur Aqilah seemed happy after resitting the Science paper. She has always been interested in the subject. Earlier in the morning she seemed a bit stressed though, I suppose it is natural to be a bit jittery (sitting for an examination),” Asmah said.
The teacher said she told her daughter to see it in a positive light and give her best for the resit.
Headmaster Zaifuddin Baharum told the press that the school did not want to exert extra pressure on the pupils after the leaks were discovered several weeks ago.
“We counseled to motivate them. We did not add extra classes but we gave them emotional guidance,” he said, adding that the resit was the students’ “second chance” to do well in the subjects.
Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh made a brief visit to SK Bangsar to check on the pupils.
He said there had been no reports of pupils refusing to resit the examinations.
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