Inspired to write this entry after reading Munirah’s thought on this. You may read it HERE.
Well, here’s my thought.
IY turns 5 this year.
Which means the registration for the big school will be opened some time in March. We have determined the Sekolah Kebangsaan for him to go to. It ticks all the criteria we want. Location wise it’s dekat dengan rumah and it’s a good school. Good school tu penting coz that determines the circle of friends. Coz I believe friends play an important role. The school is also my alma mater. Used to be an all-girl school now dah co-ed. So ada sentimental value la sikit.
Anyways, the SK we chose is a Prestasi Tinggi kinda school and you know what that means lah kan. It equals to susah-nak-masuk-kena-exam-bagai kinda school. I detest that. It’s not that I’m not confident IY can pass with flying colours whatever exam test you nak kasi dia. Tak kisah la apa pun markah dia. Standard 1 je pun. Come on! I just don’t agree with the system. But who am I to fight the system kan? It’s like the saying if you can’t beat them, terpaksa la join them.
And another concern of mine is of course the logistics. Both of us are working parents. I don’t have the luxury to spend too much time to be my kids’ supir during working hours. FYI, my working hours is flexible. That means I will need to compensate the time I was away running school errands by either coming earlier in the morning or balik lewat in the evening . I have to be fair to my boss. Mana boleh jadi biskut Chipsmore kat office kan? Therefore, we need to schedule our time for the school runs. No, school bus it’s not an option. Even if it is, nobody is at home. Siapa nak siapkan lunch dia? Siapa nak tengokkan dia bersiap for his Sekolah Agama petang pulak? Ahaa, that brings me to the next topic – sekolah agama or KAFA or whatever Islamic additional classes to compliment the SK syllabus.
After all that, malam after dinner they have to sit down and do homework pulak. Confirm dah flat dah masa tu. I heard ada yang tuition lagi. Tuition? Standard 1? Are you kidding me? I know Gee won’t agree if I mention the word tuition for IY. Definitely a no-no.
I’m looking into alternatives now.
Adni Primary is in my list. School runs are only twice a day. Plus meals and solat all covered. Syllabus cover both conventional and islamic. The school starts at 8 and ends at 4. He will have ample time to rest before homework time after dinner. But all that convenience comes down to one issue – costs. Can we afford a private school for IY (and to be fair, Z too?). Big question mark. We are looking at the long-term costs. Eleven years of schooling. Darab 2 for Z. Tu belum anak-anak yang seterusnya lagi (if any). Darab 3, darab 4, darab berapa! *pengsan sekejap*
Whatever it is, we will still register IY to the SK for now. We still have 2 years to think and sort out the financials if we decided on the alternative. Sambil tu tak putus doa supaya murah rezeki mereka nak dapat the best education for dunia dan akhirat. Anak-anak saham akhirat kita kan. We can plan all we want, the rest Allah will decide. Just go with the flow what Allah has in store for us.
P/S: Me and Gee were products of SK, SRA, tuitions, naik bas and all that jazz. We turned out okay je kan? Tapi kenapa bila anak sendiri, I tak okay pulak? When I think back of my schooling years, I cringed! How the heck did I survive all that?