Literacy classes ineffective in Ramechhap district

- Tika Prasad Bhatta, MANTHALI

May 31, 2014-

Though the three-month National Literacy Campaign implemented by the District Education Office (DEO) has already completed, it has failed to leave any significant impact on the local communities.

As part of the campaign, the DEO had run classes for students aged 15 to 60 in 54 VDCs in the district with an aim of making around 31,000 people literate. The campaign ended on May 29.

Januka Karki, 50, of Sunarpani, who is still an illiterate, said the programme yielded nothing for her and that she could have utilised the time working in the fields instead.

Like Karki, many people who signed up for the programme lacked conviction to see it through. Similarly, teachers and volunteers mobilised by the DEO to conduct the classes and resource persons tasked to monitor them did not seem keen to make the programme a success. Local people said even supervisors deputed by the DEO to analyse progress of the programme failed to show up though they were supposed to supervise the classes twice a month. Meanwhile, District Education Officer Yubaraj Poudel said the programme was partially successful. The programme was successful in some areas whereas it was ineffective in others, he said.

Poudel said they received positive feedback from classes in Thosey, Kathjore and Sunarpani. However, Dilip Giri, headmaster of the Punya Lower Secondary School in Puranogaun, said that none of the classes had been organised in the village. Claiming that similar was the case in many other VDCs, Giri said the programme was just a sham and limited to paper.

Raj Kumar Shrestha of Khandadevi, a teacher mobilised for the programme, said the programme failed due to the lack of willingness among people to attend literacy classes.


Published: 01-06-2014 09:20

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