Eka,15, is the oldest of three siblings in Bongkasa. He’s now in 9th grade, finishing up Jr High, and hopes to start High School next term. He has a little brother and a little sister. Eka also lives with his parents and a sickly grandfather, who is suffering from a stroke.
Ever since Eka and his little brother came of school age, it’s only been his mother who has been paying all of their school needs. His father graduated only from primary school and currently works as a rice-field laborer, but barely earns enough to buy food for the family. He doesn’t care about his kids’ education at all.
Eka is going to graduate from his current junior high school this June. He’s supposed to continue to a senior high school afterward. Unfortunately, his mother can’t afford it with her meager income.
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