Three’s company in school

Off to their classes: Saritha taking (from left) Thanussha, Thamisha and Thasya to their school SJK (T) Ladang Kulai Besar in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: T. Thamisha, T. Thanussha and T. Thasya have started as Year One pupils at SJK (T) Ladang Kulai Besar here. And it has been a hectic time for their engineer mother R. Saritha, 36, who has had to triple her efforts to prepare the triplets for school.

Furthermore, her husband, who works with the auxiliary police in Singapore, has not been back since July due to the border closure in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Luckily, my girls are helpful around the house, ” she said, adding that they were close and would help each other. They would do everything together.”

Her daughters, she said, were all born two minutes apart.

“Thamisha and Thanussha are in the same class but Thasya is enrolled in a special education class at the same school as she is autistic with speech disabilities, ” she said.

The girls, she said, were nervous initially but they have made new friends.

Saritha said she and her husband had earlier wanted to send the kids to a Chinese school but they eventually opted for a Tamil school as they wanted to coach the children themselves, since both of them were previously from Tamil schools.

Asked how she manages her daily routine, Saritha said that she had been working from home since January.

“My day usually starts at about 5.30am and I only go to bed at around midnight. Luckily my parents are here to help me, ” she said, hoping that the border with Singapore would reopen soon.

For now, the couple would chat daily via video calls.

The school’s development board chairman, J. Palani, said that besides the triplets, Ladang Kulai Besar also welcomed a pair of twin boys who are studying in the same school.

“This is the first time we have had triplets in the school’s history which dates back to 1952, ” he said.

The school has 802 pupils, including 108 in Year One.

Johor education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said that 56,097 pupils enrolled in Year One statewide this year.

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