Students go on 2-hour jungle trek just for Internet connection

By S. Harrish

A GROUP of primary and secondary students in Lubok Antu recently went on an “adventure” just to find a spot on a hilltop where they could get internet connection.

They had to go on this journey as the students needed to complete their online school work since schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

School teacher Sambau Dugat organised the “adventure” trip for the students from his village in Nanga Sumpa and nearby Nanga Jambu in Lubok Antu.

A posting on the Facebook page Nanga Sumpa said the students walked for more than two hours and had to climb a 200m high hill just to get internet coverage.

Sambau, who is teaching at SMK Lubok Antu, told the Borneo Post that he organised the trip last Sunday after seeing students from his village making the journey on their own very often recently.

“Internet coverage is a major issue in my area as his village does not have good internet facilities at the moment. Students from my village need it to help them in their studies.

“In this modern era, the internet is very crucial for students which is why they need to find places with good internet coverage,” he told the Borneo Post.

According to Sambau, 14 primary school pupils and eight secondary school students went on the trip.

He said they walked for about 45 minutes through the jungle, and another hour and 45 minutes uphill for the internet connection.

He added that there were no proper roads to the place and they had to pass a dense jungle and cross streams just to get there.

Most of the students on the trip were also accompanied by their parents, bringing with them food and other necessities besides their laptops.

Nanga Sumpa and Nanga Jambu are Iban villages located in the interior of Lubok Antu district which only got road connectivity recently.

Before this, the villagers had to travel by boats to other places and the nearest town, Lubok Antu.