KOTA KINABALU: Buses will be provided to ferry some 300 students who have been contemplating walking about 1.8km to school from their hostel each day.
The students of SMK Entilibon in Tongod district had been until now relying on the goodwill of bus operators who out of pity have been taking them to school for free.
But due to their inability to sustain operations, they will cease their transport business on July 6, leaving about 40 Form Five students who have already resumed classes little choice but to walk.
And when school fully reopens on July 15 the rest of the students would be faced with the same predicament.
But their impending plight made the news on online media and the state Education Department took notice.
Department director Mistirine Radin said they would be providing several buses for them to use until a solution is found.
“We were not aware of the problems faced by the students including their inability to pay a RM2 bus fee.
“The school did not inform us of their problems and I only came to find out about this after reading an online news report, ” she said.
It was learnt that the students have had to take a bus to school since they moved from their old school building to a new one.
The old school building was just a close walking distance from the hostel.
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