Today is friday and it is my consultation day with my students. The first appointment was at 10 am and here came one 1st year student. He has problems with his attendance. I called his mother yesterday and complained to her about her son's missing in my class. Of course, the mother was very shocked to hear that. But she was calmly listened to my explanations and alhamdulillah she is a teacher and understood my situation. Anyway, the student came to my office and we had a long talk.. I gave him a Khutbah Jumaat and of course after listening to my Khutbah, nobody left my office with red eyes and a couple of tissues which I already prepared in front of them. The rule here is that anybody who missed my class without reasonable reason would be punished..and i will make sure he would feel contented with he had done. I feel pity to him as well but rule is rule..I have to take action agaisnt him. besides he is still in his 1st year..I am sure he has plenty of time to change. Normally, student, he would tell me, " I want to change, Ustazah". I said, Dont say you want to, You are changing it now! I pray for him that he will do well in his studies..
After he left a couple of students came in asking about presentation next week and about their test result. having done that, there was another problematic student waiting outside my office. She did not sit for the test last wednesday. She also missed a few classes last week, however she is interestd more whther she could give a chance to sit for the test which she missed. I simply asked her, do you have m.c? She said, No. Then i said, no m.c no test. That's all about it. She was quite suprised with my answer. Later she was asking if there is a possibility that I may bar her from sittnig the paper in the final exam. My answwer was, " if you do not come to my class 3 more times then I will bar you, definitely!" She left..
The last studetn waiting outside witb face down and looked scared. My first question to her, was How are you? She said I was depressed. Depressed? What kind of depression you have, huh? Then..there goes my free lecture to her. She gave me her m.c for the two missing classes. I asked her, what happened to you?She said, I had stomachache. I looked at the m.c. The m.c was not from IIUM clinic. I asked her again, you have a lot of money to go to private clinic? She nodded. Did you pay for this? She was shocked with my question and explained that she paid for the treatment and not for the m.c. I jotted down the phone number of the clinic. Then I said to her, " saya akan cari sampai ke lubang cacing samada awak bagi tahu saya, yg benar atau tidak!" She started crying and telling me it was a lie. She was not sick, she was just scared of the presentation which she was supposed to do it last Monday. I could not imagine, a 3rd year student have this feeling and on top of that lied to me.. Of course , there goes my khutbah..
This is part of growing process, either you learned it hard way or easy way..
whatever happened, I dont have any grudges to anyone of them. They are my kids..I care for them. But rule is rule, if you violate it, you have to pay..
Selamat berbuka puasa!