RIZAL, Philippines — Most students of the Laiban National High School reside in the mountainous part of Tanay, Rizal.
More than 50 of them walk daily to school.
Because the roads are unpassable by vehicles, the students walk for two hours and cross six rivers to reach school.
One of them is grade seven student Kyle Renzo Cuizon, 14 years old.
Kyle says he wants to finish school despite the difficulties.
“So that I can help my parents, and to achieve my dream,” he said.
His father, Mariano Cuizon, is a blacksmith. Despite earning little, he works hard to support his children.
He said, “I’m trying my best so that my children can graduate.”
The Laiban National High School has 139 enrollees this year.
The management of the school says many of their students can’t go to school during the rainy months because of the danger they face when crossing the rivers.
Some of them even drop out of school because of excessive absences.
This prompted the school management to temporarily rent rooms for the students.
Laiban National High School principal, Jocelyn Valerio said, “We rented a house for them near the school. When the water level is high and there’s typhoon, you cannot force the child to go to school because crossing the river is too dangerous for them.”
Meanwhile, another problem the school is facing is the lack of an electricity line.
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