And another two hours to get home.
These six year-olds have to do it for the rest of the year, and the next....
They have no choice really because their village of only 10 houses, is so remote and the terrain so rough that you either reach it by foot, or four-wheel-drive vehicles and motorcycles during the dry season.
At the start of the new school term yesterday, these kids began their day gathering at the edge of their village before 6am to begin their long walk to SK Tombongan -- about 8km down a steep dirt track in the jungle and crossing rivers along the way.
Their school is about 35km from Kota Kinabalu.
Many before them went through the same thing.
A touching story, indeed. But it shouldn't end there. I remember similar stories that were highlighted in the media over the last 20 years about kids in remote villages having to take that journey everyday to school. They traverse winding paths through hills, jungles, cross rivers and streams....
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine your children -- no, YOU, having to go to work like that???
I know kids are a hardy lot. But, come on! These kids wake up at dawn and take a 2-hour walk through all that. And after school, they make that long trek home.
It exposes them to danger!
Surely, there is another way?
This is the 21st century. And we are supposed to have elected people to care for the welfare of these children....
I'm thinking of a hostel or something like that for these kids.
You see, right now, they don't have a choice. But surely we can give them some...
Actually, he reproduced a comment by one of his readers about how schools are making parents pay for all sorts of unnecessary things.
I'm not sure if all schools do that but I know the school my kids went to, did that.
You stop to wonder what all the payment was for. Then you reassure yourself that perhaps it's a standard practice by all schools. And besides, you can afford to pay, so you don't make a fuss.
But we should make a fuss. The high fees for God-knows-what are unacceptable and smack of daylight robbery.
It inflates the cost of giving your kids an education in PUBLIC schools.
Here's an excerpt from OutSyed The Box:
Also read his More Education Issues HERE