A branch of an elementary school in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa is filled with children in poverty.
Dinh Deo is a branch of Ba Cum Bac Primary School in the remote Khanh Son District. It has only two classrooms used for teaching 37 children studying from grade 1 to grade 4.
Here, students at the 1st and 2nd grade level take morning class and those at the 3rd and 4th grade study in the afternoon.
According to teacher Mau Hong Thai, most of the students here are from the Raglai ethnic group. Their parents are very poor and don’t have time to care for their children’s studies. “We don’t have good students here,” he said. “Because they have to help their parents do housework and never revise lessons at home.”
Teacher Bo Xuan Van is teaching students in the first grade. He said that before, students left school very often. “We had to come to their houses and persuade their parents to take their children to class again,” Van recalled. “But nowadays this situation rarely happens.”
After completing the 4th grade here, students will move to Doc Trau Primary School to continue studying in 5th grade.
Teacher Bo Xuan Van has to drive motorbike on a 10-km sloppy roads to his class everyday
More and more children are going to school, even though some don\'t have a schoolbag
Muddy slippers are left outside to keep the classroom clean
Students in grade 1
And those in grade 2 are studying in the next room. Grade 3 and 4 study in the afternoon
Teacher Mau Hong Thai beside a student in grade 2
On the way back home after class