English-medium classes increase student enrolment

- PRAKASH BARAL, Baglung

May 12, 2014-

The Pragati Secondary School of Malma-7, which was in process of being merged into another school, has been exmplified into a model school within a year. The District Education Office had slated the school for merger after it registered an embarrassingly low enrolment of 12 students last year. However, after the school started English medium classes from grades one to five with the help of parents, the number of students in the school reached 120, said headmaster Nagendra Malla.

The number of students increased after we started classes in English medium, managed classrooms and made positive changes in the school premises by mobilising the parents, said Chairperson of the school management committee Ram Bahadur Thapa. “We have been able to achieve the feat after understanding the reason behind the parents’ reluctance to admit their children in the school,” Thapa said. And now, even the DEO has categorised the school among the best community schools in the VDC. “The school has managed to make a huge progress in a year,” said District Education Officer Nanda Lal Poudel.

The school has seven teachers hired through private resources, and has also started operating nursery classes. According to Thapa, the school established a fund worth Rs 500,000 through donations and cultural programme like deusi and bhailo with a view to providing quality education and pay off debts. The school also has various scholarship schemes and supply educational materials through funds collected at the initiative of the parents.

“Even students previously enrolling in private schools have started coming to us,” Thapa said, adding that there would be no dearth of students in community schools if they can provide services parallel to that of private schools. The school, meanwhile, has been planning to introduce computer education, library and extra-curricular activities within the academic year, said one of the school teacher Yaman Thapa.

“We had been encouraged to establish the school as a model for others in Galkot area after being supported by villagers living abroad,” Thapa said. The school has served as an example for not relying on the quota allocated by the government, proving that if parents together put in an effort to develop the school for a brighter future of their children the increased capacity of the school will not hamper the quality of education.

Published: 13-05-2014 08:43

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