|(from left) Idie Ganyol, Richmend Mangi dan Edward Ujoh Ausgutine with their UPSR result slips in Bintangor yesterday. Pix by MOHD RADZI BUJANG|
BINTANGOR (Sarikei) They were once deemed too stupid and were prevented from taking an examination by their teachers but the trio yesterday had the last laugh when they scored a pass.
Edward Ujoh Augutine scored 2 Cs and 3 Es while Idie Ganyol and Richmend Mangi obtained 4 Es and 1 D, and 2 Es and 3Ds in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) respectively.
When met at SK Bandar Bintangor, about 400km from Kuching, the boys showed their result slips and shyly admitted that their results were not stellar.
However, they were relieved to have scored a pass as they could continue to Form One next and they promised to study hard when they start their secondary education.
Their parents, who were also present, said they felt vindicated by the boys' performance, and expressed their gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for giving their sons the chance to re-sit the examination.
Idie's father Ganyol Lubok, 39, said their sons' results had restored their families' honour.
"I am aware of Idie's weakness. I hope he will study because secondary school would be harder.
"Edward's mother, Molly Nilau, 39, said the incident had proved to be a blessing in disguise as it had spurred her son to redeem himself.
"Whether his result is good or not, at least he sat for it and got assessed. He'll study from now on," she said.
The school initially declined to allow the media to meet the boys or reveal their results.
Although the results were given out at 9am, they were only allowed in at noon after intervention from the state Education Department.
The boys made national headlines when they were locked in a room while their classmates sat the UPSR on Sept 13 and 14 in a move to protect the school's overall performance.
They were later allowed to take the examination on Oct 4-6.
Meanwhile, state Welfare, Women and Family Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said SK Bitangor's results were below satisfactory. - NST