ALOR SETAR – A form two student has expressed gratitude at being given a second chance by the Kedah Education Department (JPN) to pursue her studies.
Last August, Nur Erny Amira Md Zalani, 14, was expelled after failing to attend school at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kubang Rotan, Kuala Kedah for three months.
According to the teenager, she could not attend school as she had to care for her sick mother and look after her three younger siblings, Mohamad Zaquan Hisham, seven, Nur Erny Najwa, 10, and Nur Erny Alya, 11, who were studying in Sekolah Kebangsaan Haji Ismail.
“I had to send them on a motorcycle to school about 3.2km from our previous home in Taman Kota Nelayan Kuala Kedah.
“When my mother was in the pink of health, she used to send and fetch the siblings. However, when she became sick, I had to make the sacrifice (not going
to school) to give them the opportunity to go to school,” she told reporters at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Pantai here today.
Nur Erny Amira said she regretted after her expulsion from school and
thought there was no hope for her to continue her studies.
“However, I am grateful there were people who cared enough to help me return to school,” she noted.
Meanwhile, Nur Erny Amira’s married sister, Nor Atin Atika, 21, said after their mother’s passing, she took over the responsibility of looking after her six siblings aged between seven and 18, especially the four who were still studying.
Nur Atin Atika, who is not working, said the expenses of her school-going siblings were borne by her two younger brothers, Mohd Zamani, 17, and Mohd Zanirul, 18, who were working at a cleaning company.
Kedah Peninsular Malay Students Federation (GPMS) chairman, Shamsul Bahar Abdul Rani said they were only aware of the case last month, and sent an appeal letter to JPN, soon after visiting Nur Erny Amira.
He said GPMS received a reply on Jan 18, resulting in Nur Erny Amira being enrolled in SMK Seri Pantai, which was the nearest school to where she lived. – BERNAMA