Determination pays

For many students, scoring 54% in an English exam is nothing to shout about. But for Sew Ing Ing, 13, a resident of the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care, that is a major achievement. The Remove Class student from Sekolah Menengah Bandar Baru Sentul, Kuala Lumpur could barely string a sentence in the language when she first came to the Home in August this year.

In fact, when she first stepped into the Home, she was resistant to the idea of speaking in any languages other than in her mother tongue Chinese. A person of few words and somewhat lacking in self confidence, staff in the Home persuaded her to speak in Malay and English.

Manager of Hiichiikok Foundation, Diana Ooi said initially Ing Ing would speak to her in Chinese if she had any requests. “I ignored her requests and asked her to speak to the maid and House Mother instead. This forces her to speak in Malay and English.”

Eventually, Ing Ing’s command of the languages improved and she grew more confident in using both the languages. This helped to improve her English and Malay subjects in school. She was elated when she received her English exam paper from school last week.


This improvement also resulted in changes in her attitude. She became more confident of herself and would hit her books whenever she had the time. She also mingles better with her friends in the Home and in school besides diligently helping out in chores.


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