I started the new work year with some apprehension. The school informed me that my 2015 form class will be challenging, comprising of the weakest students of the NA classes, those who could not pass.

In the staff meeting in December last year, some teachers even warned me of a particular “student D” in my new class. He has a string of discipline records, and suffers from ADHD, a type of behavioral problem. His parents are divorced and the boy flares up often in class.

Checking the student records, I could see more “worries”. I have a returning students from overseas, that has a near zero in math scores. There was also a repeat student that reportedly had mixed with bad company. Some of them had incomplete families and several had financial difficulties.

I steeled my nerves, strengthen my resolve and entered the class. Looking into their eyes on the …