On 13 December 2019, I had the opportunity to visit SK Kampung Kenang - the first school I was posted to as a teacher. I was a bit nervous to go there as I was not sure what to see and who to meet as my visit was not planned in advance. I had the chance because I was in Ipoh managing a meeting that somehow finished earlier than expected.
Driving from Ipoh to Kampung Kenang brought back memories from 2010. The scenery was still the same as I remembered. However, when I arrived at the bridge in front of the school, it was now concrete bridge instead of wooden bridge. Not much noise is made when a car crosses the bridge now.
I entered the school as allowed by the guard. I went to the office and luckily the clerk still remembered me. She was there in 2012 the last year I taught in the school. She told me that she had started to work in the school 2 days before I left. That's how she remembers me.
I then went around the school and met Kak Sarina who is still working in the preschool as a teacher assistant. She was shocked but was very happy to see me. I was very happy to see her too. She told me all the changes in the school, walked with me around the school compound to see the differences and introduced me to the current Headmaster of the school, En. Tamizi.
En. Tamizi welcomed me and shared with me all the achievements and challenges he had been managing the school. He was so enthusiastic about improving the school and has goals to achieve while he is still the headmaster. I believe that passion, understanding and positivity are needed when leading a rural school. I can see all those values in him.
Then, we went to see the hut - Pondok Sewang, Temiar people style - in between the canteen hall and the hostel building. It was built by the villagers using the materials they donated, sourced from the jungle. It was huge and beautiful. The villagers and the school worked together on this project for the students and the school. I also met one of my former students, Busu and he is now 20 years old now. I taught him when he was 12 years old! He was making a bench for the school. So proud of him!
I was so happy to be able to visit the school and hopefully the school will continue to be successful and the students will get the best education as the teachers strive for success!
PS: while in Sungai Siput, I stopped by to eat Laksa Buyung! Sedap!