Seng Hui looked at his examination results slip with a
heavy heart. He had failed his first semester examination. He knew
that he had disappointed his mother who had worked hard to support him.
new semester started and classes went on as usual. One day, Seng Hui was asked
to bring a pile of history books to the staffroom. To his surprise, there was
nobody there. As he put the books on the teacher's table, he suddenly noticed
something jutting out of the record book.
The words "Final semester Test" were written on the paper.
Seng Hui was too stunned to do anything. Here was his chance to at least
score an A in History. As Seng Hui's hand reached out for the paper, he knew
that he could not do it. It would be cheating himself. His mother had been
teaching him the value of honesty and hard work since he was young. tough they
were poor, his mother had always emphasized that the labors of hard wok were
rewarding while dishonesty would only bring misfortune.
Seng Hui quickly turned away to leave the staffroom. He was shocked to see
his History teacher standing here at the doorway. She had been observing him for
about five minutes. She was pleased that Seng Hui had decided not to cheat. As a
result, she offered to tutor him after school. He accepted her offer. He also
did not hesitate to approach her for help in the other subjects.
The final semester results were out at last. Seng Hui was delighted as he had
scored 2 As and 3 B's. He thanked his History teacher and then rushed home to
tell his mother the good news. His mother was very proud of him. Seng Hui was
glad that he had listened to his mother's advice.