When class starts in an elementary school in Malawi, many students don’t enter the classroom. They go to the principal’s office instead. It turns out they need to “borrow textbooks.”
Malawi’s elementary schools provide free compulsory education. But poor families still face the pressure of paying for uniforms, bags, even for photocopying their own exam papers. Among these costs, the textbook is a big burden, too. In Malawi, one elementary school textbook costs about NT$150. It’s almost an eighth of a month’s wages.
Some children carry empty bags to school and use the public books. When the class is over, they must return the books. This means the students can’t review at home. Also, the public textbooks suffer a lot of wear and tear. The school needs to replace old books constantly so that the children can continue to borrow them. Even though they have to use borrowed textbooks, Malawian children still cherish the opportunity to go to school!
- principal (n.) 校長
- uniform (n.) 制服
- burden (n.) 負擔
- review (v.) 復習
- wear and tear 損耗；磨損
- cherish (v.) 珍惜
It turns out… 原來…；結果是…
A: I overslept. What should I do?
B: Don’t worry. It turns out the teacher is sick, so the class is canceled today.
英文翻譯／Sean O’Sullivan & TOEIC900工作團隊