Students risk life getting to school

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Students risk life getting to school

Hundreds of K-12 students at two schools in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai risk their life to wade a fast-flowing river to get to school.

students 1 Two middle school students swim across the Ba River in K’bang District of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai with their school bags above their heads. This is a common sight since many other students in the district also have to wade through this fast-flowing river to school every day. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Every school day is now like a thrilling adventure for the students enrolled at Le Quy Don Middle School and Luong The Vinh High School, both located in K’bang District, as they have to walk through the Ba River with school bags and even bicycles on their backs and shoulders.

It is common for the students to have their school bags, slippers, and even bicycles taken away by the powerful currents of the river.

students 2

These students will have to carry the bicycles on their shoulders when they cross the river at deep crossing points.

Many Le Quy Don 6th- and 7th-graders have even narrowly escaped death on their way thanks to friends rescuing them.

6th-graders Nguyen Thi Hang and Le Ngoc Son, for instance, were once swept away by the river’s swift currents for several meters while they were crossing the Ba.

Fortunately, Luong The Vinh 11th-grader Nguyen Cong Long, who was also on the way to school then, managed to save the two from the fatal water.

A few days later, Le Quy Don 7th-grader Truong Thi Thuy Van was also carried away by the current, but a schoolmate succeeded in rescuing her.

Danger still waits for these students every day.

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