Semalam saya lewat ke ofis. Menyelesaikan masalah yuran sekolah agama si Kakak. Fee Mac dah pun dijelaskan tapi kami dapat pula surat cinta alkisahnya pihak sekolah belum terima. Tanya Kakak, dia kata dah bagi. Call sekolah. Sekolah kata nanti nak siasat. Lepas 10 minit, guru kelas sendiri call saya. Katanya betul dah terima. Kalau macam tu, mana resitnya? Katanya resit dah bagi pada Kakak. Kalau resit dah keluar, kenapa rekod sekolah tak kemaskini yuran tu? Semalam singgah kejap, bersua 4 mata, senang nak selesaikan. Terus saja saya bayar sekali untuk April, May dan Jun. Kerani tukang tulis resit takde lah pulak. Pesan saya, resitnya nanti bagi saja pada Kakak. Sebaik saya nak melangkah keluar, cikgunya bersuara. Kakak ni slow sikit. Stop. Slow macamana? Suka berangan. Fikiran seolah ke tempat lain. Cikgu suruh buat hafazan, dia menulis. Dalam hati saya, masalah sama masa dia di tadika dulu. Dreaming. Dia senyap ke? Alhamdulillah tidak. Kalau dia tak faham, dia tanya. Memang saya pesan sangat-sangat pada Kakak. Kalau tak faham, tanya. Jangan diam saja. Saya minta jasabaik cikgu pastikan dia di barisan depan dan kalau perlu ditegur-tegur, silakan.
Saya khabarkan cerita to Tebby. Tebby himself was a late bloomer. He admitted dia pun ada problem belajar masa kecik-kecik dulu tho later in his life he was a MENSA member. Kalau gitu Kakak ni macam you lah. Sebab masa I kecik-kecik, I terer. He.. he.. Somehow along the way, I degress. Toksah ceritalah nak jadi member MENSA kan. Masuk MRSM pun tak pass.
Is she a late bloomer or somewhat having learning problem?
Is she too tired having to attend sekolah agama at 2.30p.m after finishing her sekolah kebangsaaan at 1.00p.m.?
Is she not interested?
Or is she just plain lazy?
Semalam dia bawak balik report card keputusan penuh Ujian Fasa 1. Among all, she got B for bahasa Melayu spelling, C for Math and Bahasa Arab. The rest are A with Pengajian Islam scoring 100%. If she has learning problem, surely result dia lagi teruk kan. But I was and still am bad at Math. I once calculated the price of sebotol kicap in a test and got like RM300++ for one. But hey, I completed my degree a year ahead than most of my friends despite my RM300++ kicap!
Later that night, we interrogate her, sort of. Apa yang dia ingat masa dalam kelas that she daydreams so much. Barbie! Good, now we have a doll to put the blame on. Just like we blame Kikkor for Iman's inability to converse effectively. In fact if you meet Iman the first time, he'd introduce Kikkor to you!
It is not easy to take it when people tell you that your child is somewhat slow or a little bit behind as compared to his/her friends. I choose to accept and adress the matter. The teachers mean well and being frank. They have nothing to loose telling us that and we have nothing to loose either to accept the fact. Well, a bruised pride maybe. But should we let our kids be the victims of our pride? We're thinking of sending her to KUMON for Math. But that's it lah. I don't want to push her too much. No matter how I want her to be so terrer (bukan terror tau), I don't want to take her childhood away.
Just do whatever me and Tebby can to improve her, as far as she can take it. And leave the rest to Allah, shall we?