Students at Annahdhatul Muhibbah Islamic Junior High School Yearn for a Decent School

"This is the condition of our school. During a sunny day, the students’ clothes will be wet and full of sweat. if it rains, they have to find a spot where the roof is not leaking," said the Principal of MTs Annahdhatul Muhibbah telling the condition of the school building.

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Annahdhatul Muhibbah Islamic Junior High School. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, INDRAGIRI HILIR – It was quite a sunny day on Tuesday (2/15/2022) when a team from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Pekanbaru Branch went to Bente Village, Mandah District, Indragiri Hilir Regency to visit MTs (Islamic Junior High School Annahdhatul Muhibbah. When the team visited the room for the 7th grade, they saw the sun rays penetrating the roof and ceiling, shining directly on the students and teacher inside.

Gusts of wind also entered through holes in the walls. The window panes were thickly covered in dust. The roof tiles were made of tin sheets, and the plywood ceiling is badly weathered. The recitation of the Quran was heard from a loudspeaker connected to the mosque located just behind the classroom.

The principal of MTs Annahdhatul Muhibbah, Raja Ashibal Bahri revealed that he and the students were worried every time a class is commenced because the roof has been badly rusty and prone to collapse. In addition, the ceiling has also been badly damaged.

"This is the condition of our school. During a sunny day, the students’ clothes will be wet and full of sweat.  if it rains, they have to find a spot where the roof is not leaking. This has badly affected their concentration and focus on studying,” said Raja to the team from ACT Pekanbaru, Tuesday (2/15/2022).

Febriani, a 7th-grade student, confirmed this. She told the team that she often has to move away from the leaking roof because the rainwater that enters frequently wets her clothes.


A classroom at MTs Annahdhatul Muhibbah. (ACTNews)

“When it rains, I am very sad to have to move here and there. In the end, we often have to dismiss the class early,” said the student who aspires to become a doctor.

MTs Annahdhatul Muhibbah was established in 1994 out of the community’s need for an educational facility that is close to their neighborhood. When it was established, there were only 30 students, but now they currently have 87 students.  

“Most of the students walk three to eight kilometers to school. I left for work at 6 a.m. and arrived here at 7 a.m. every day,” said Raja. []