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Story of a parent of an ESU youth

I am writing to share my joy that my son, has achieved his goal to be promoted to Sec 3 Express stream. In the past 2 years, he has adapted poorly to the school and harboured a quiet discontentment about being in the Normal stream. Being nominated to go through the counselling programme is also a form of ‘labelling’ to him. I am deeply appreciative of the school, yourself and the teacher who tried to help my son. Through this programme, he has developed skills that helped him cope with his shyness in public speaking. Although he too battled with being in need of help, but through it all, there are people who constantly help him to process his self- talk. This is crucial as teenagers sometimes find their parents nagging them too much and prefer to shut themselves from sound advice.

As a parent, I am grateful for the early intervention. It shows him that the school cares. The visits you made and sharing gave us insights on how my son is like in school and enabled us to collaborate with you in this journey. Besides expressing my husband’s and my gratitude, I think there is a need to ensure the same help can be rendered to other students. There are many out there who do not have the family support and the counseling could be the only source of help. Please let the school knows of my feedback. My son recently opened up to share that he does not face ‘discrimination’ from classmates from Express and Normal stream. In fact among them, they feel quite alright. But his strong desire to get out is that teachers treat them with a bias. A few extremely difficult students made them look bad as a class. Thankfully, the one teacher who has constantly encouraged him to go to Express is Mr. Tan. Once again, thank you very much for the patience with my son in his journey. Your work has made a difference to him and us.