KOTA KINABALU: A group of pupils who trudged for two days along a muddy road just to go to school has caught the attention of the Internet.
Filmed by a schoolteacher, the pupils were seen in their mud-splattered clothes holding umbrellas and bags after their transport broke down.
“We are tired and hungry. Last night was cold,” the children told the teacher in SK Magandai in Sabah’s interior Kota Marudu district.The teacher, who welcomed two of the pupils when they finally reached school after two days of walking, recently shared a video of them holding their umbrellas and a bag believed to contain clothes and their schoolbooks.
The teacher, who goes by the handle Moniq Cfrndz on Facebook, quickly offered food which she had prepared for them. The boys were also heard saying that their teacher, Hafiz, had fallen ill.
Apparently, the boys had first travelled to school using a villager’s car, but they had to continue the journey by foot when the car broke down.
They also had to stop and seek shelter at a villager’s home for the night with another teacher due to rain and muddy conditions, making it difficult for them to continue their journey to school safely.
When they continued their walk to school the next day, they had to brave through the mud across a long distance.
Moniq shared a video of this incident, which went viral.
In her post, she expressed how heartbreaking it was to see children this young going through such hardship, but were still willing to go to school to gain knowledge.
She said she hopes the authorities and people in charge would quickly mend and construct the road meant for villagers.Sabah Works Minister Datuk Shahelmey Yahya said Jalan Magandai, which circulated on social media following this incident, is actually under construction.