- Alexzander John was all attentive as he answered his Bahasa Malaysia Paper 1 today
But unlike more than 40,000 Year Six pupils statewide, the 12-year-old boy sat for his Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) from his hospital bed, which has been “home” for the last two months.
The young patient suffered 37% burns on his face, legs and abdomen, forcing him to be warded at the Likas Women and Children’s Hospital here since June 29.
It was learnt that he was about to light a homemade oil lamp following a blackout at home when it suddenly exploded, resulting in burns on his body.
“I just hope I’ll get a good result and get well soon so that I can go back to school,” said the pupil from Sekolah Kebangsaan Pandan Mendamai, Pitas.
Despite being hospitalised for a couple of months, John said he had long prepared for the exam and with the help of teachers from the “school” at the hospital, he was positive of getting a good result.
“The teacher would come in every day to teach us one or two subjects.”
Likas Women and Children’s Hospital launched the first of its kind school-within-hospital concept in October last year. It is equipped with teachers, classroom facilities, a library and a playroom.
A one-on-one session is provided for terminally ill students.
Apart from John, five other patients are also sitting for their UPSR exam from the hospital beds, namely SK Bangkalalak in Beaufort’s pupil Mohd Azmizam Abd Latif, who is suffering from cancer, SK Likas’ Muhammad Haniez Abdullah (appendicitis) and SK St David Toboh Tambunan’s Ian Wright Nicolas, who was hospitalised following an accident.
The trio are also warded at the Likas Women and Children’s Hospital.
The remaining two are heart patient Effa Aziella Murah, a pupil at SK Padang Berempah in Sipitang, who is warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2, and SK Sahabat 4 Lahad Datu’s Baitinalizzah Sidiq, who is warded at the Lahad Datu District Hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Meanwhile, Sabah Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip, when visiting the pupils at the Likas Women and Children’s Hospital, was glad that they were not deprived from sitting for the exam despite having suffered the misfortune of being warded.
“Today, a total of 43,641 candidates sat for the exam at 1,085 centres statewide,” he said.