Mei is a lazy student. One day, her father warned her that if she did not pass
her next monthly tests, he would stop her dancing lessons. On hearing
these words, her heart sank. She just loved dancing and not being able to attend
dancing lessons would be like ending her life.
So during the science test, Mei
tried to cheat. She hid a piece of paper with answers on it. It was inside her
pencil box. She pretended to open the box to take a pencil. Then, she tried to
peep at the answers.
It was at that moment our teacher, Puan Salmah, happened to look in her
direction. She saw Mei copying answers from the paper. Oh dear! Mei was so
engrossed on writing that she did not know
our teacher was looking at her. I happened to look up from my test paper and saw
Puan Salmah looking at Mei. There was nothing I could do to alert her except
wait to see what happened. By then, the class had seen Puan Salmah looking very
angry and walking towards Mei.
"Mei! You are cheating! Shame on you!" she shouted. Mei quickly threw the
paper on the floor but it was too late. Puan Salmah picked it up. The paper had
all the answers for the test. This time very softly she told Mei, "I am giving
you a zero for the test. Never cheat during a test again."
Mei was so ashamed and embarrassed. All
her classmates were looking at her. She felt like crying. Puan Salmah asked her
to take her bag and wait outside. The principal, Mr Chong, called her to the
There, he told her, "What you have done is serious. We have phoned your
father. He will be coming soon."
Mei's father came ten minutes later. He looked
furious. But Mr Chong explained to him. "It is more important to
guide our children rather than force them to get good grades. Show them love and
care instead of pressuring." As for Mei, she could not stop sobbing in the
office. She also made a promise not to cheat during tests again.
After that incident, Mci took her studies seriously. She did constant
revision before any test. I must say that she does quite well in class tests.
She is getting 55% or 60% for her tests. There is no need for her to cheat
during tests again.