Sabahan Year One pupil all smiles on first day of school

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  • Thursday, 03 Jan 2019

Pursuit of knowledge: Pupils from Kampung Pulau Berhala arriving at the Sandakan jetty by ferry to get to school. — Bernama

KOTA KINABALU: The first day of school tends to reveal a mix of two emotions among new pupils – excited and scared – but for Nathaniel Lee, it was fun.

The Year One pupil of SJK (C) Pai Wen in Ranau, some 110km from here, was seen smiling and laughing as he introduced himself to new-found friends.

His father Jeremy Lee Keat Hou said he was glad that his son had adapted well to the new environment.

“He doesn’t know that primary school is no longer like kindergarten, where he spent most of his time doing fun learning and playing instead of learning from a book.

“I hope he will still feel this way when he finds out that primary school is more about studying from books and less about games in classrooms,” he said.

Nathaniel was among the 32,264 Year One pupils who started school in the state yesterday.

State Education Department dir­ector Mistirine Radin said 45,883 students started Form One.

“A total of 462,052 students started their school session at 1,074 primary and 222 secondary schools.

“Another 2,387 primary school pupils and 2,273 secondary school students are attending the Special Needs Integration Programme classes,” she said.

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