It seemed so very very long ago that I first went to school. It was in 1961 in Sekolah Kebangsaan Galing, Kuantan (Galing Elementary School, Kuantan). It was all hazy now, but all I can say is that I did not cry that day!
My mother can vouch on this. In fact I was all very excited to attend school. I was tossing and turning all night long the night before.
I did not go to preparatory school (kindergarten) before...there was no such thing back then.
So too were my siblings and children. None cried or insisted that their parents stayed with them during the first few days of school. In fact mine did not even want me to stay longer than necessary in school!
Why then even now there are still grade 1 students crying in class or worst still wanting their parents to stay?
Why is it so?