It is the moment of truth.
They have studied all their books.
Their teachers have spent many hours with them, revising with them the various topics all over again.
They have taken many notes and they have completed many exercises.
They have been tested on many occasions various sets of trial papers.
They look pale and worn-out.
They must have burnt midnight oil for many days.
Look at the black eye rings and eye bags.
Look at the faces with unkempt hair and neglected appearance.
This is the hopeful generation of the nation.
Will they all clear the hurdles?
Will they pass their public exam?
Past history shows that not many do further their studies.
Many end up working after completing the secondary school education.
Many become our social problems and nuisance.
What can we teachers do?
Man plans, but God directs.
All that we can do at the end of the day is to wish them well. Sigh.