The Hush Post: Risking their lives daily to reach school, kids in Assam use aluminium pots to cross river. The shocking news has come from Biswanath district of Assam.
A video has surfaced on social media which shows small kids in Biswanath district using aluminium pots to reach school. This video of the children crossing a river in aluminium pots has grabbed the attention of everyone, a report said.
The children from Sootea village carry big aluminium pots, along with their school bags and walk down to the river. The village has no bridge or boat. The kids sit in the pots and row with their hands. Thus they got to the river’s other end. In the same manner they come back home, the report said.
“It worries me that students cross the river using aluminium pots as there are no bridges in the area. Earlier they used makeshift boats made of banana trees,” a schoolteacher J Das said.
As this video went viral on social media, local BJP lawmaker Pramod Borthakur said, he is “ashamed to see this.”
“There is no PWD road in the area. Don’t know how the government constructed a school on an island. We can definitely provide a boat for the students. I will ask the district officer to shift the school to another place,” MLA Borthakur was quoted in the report.
It is not an isolated example of the kids risking their lives to go to school. Recently, a similar report came from Panchkula in Haryana where students had to cross the swollen Ghaggar River on their way back from school, the report said.