Thursday, June 3, 2010

School versus Family

Teachers on Zamami generally have to stay here for a minimum of three years before they can be transferred back to the mainland.  One of our teachers came two years ago with his wife and one-year-old boy.  This year, when his son turned three, his wife moved back to the mainland with the boy.

Today I asked the teacher why his wife and son moved back and he said that they didn't want their kid to have to attend two different pre-schools.  (This teacher will be transferred back next year so the kid would have to change.)

I thought it was pretty fascinating that their family would choose continuity in a three-year-old child's school life over a year of living with his father.

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