this is the time of the year when parents of school-going children rejoice or grieve.
the year-end exams should have been announced. high-scoring students will win prizes for their achievements while those lagging far behind will get
and tiger mums* would not exist if not for schools.
the reason we put the boy thru a mandarin-medium school is solely for him to learn his mother-tongue language; anything else useful that he picks up would be an added bonus. but because both the missus & i aren't native mandarin-speakers, we could not help him much in developing this language skill. even though he has tuition for this, we did not expect he would excel by way of exam results.
this year, he attained 26th position in a class of 39, a slight improvement over last year & he will remain in the same class for next year.
thru my (biased?) eyes, he has excelled.
he can speak & write mandarin far beyond our expectations, but what we find most encouraging is that he delights in going to school. as long as he enjoys school & doesn't run foul of the teachers, i think 26th or any other position, mucht like our age, is just a number.
*to be grammatically correct, shouldn't they be called tigress mums?