VDC without a lower secondary school

- JAYA BAHADUR ROKAYA, Humla

Jun 9, 2014-At a time when new schools have been sprouting in the Capital, Limi VDC, located at a five-day walk from the district headquarters near the Chinese border, does not have a single lower secondary school.

As a result, the local children have not had the opportunity to pursue higher education. The VDC comprising of three settlements from Lama and Tamang communities, however, has a primary school in each of the areas.

There is hardly a child with qualification above the fifth grade in the remote VDC. Even with the three primary schools allowed to run classes uptill the fifth grade, they are compelled to operate for only three months a year as a result of harsh weather conditions and geographical remoteness. Although there are lower and secondary schools in neighbouring VDCs Muchu and Hekpa, the treacherous journey through the highlands 5,000 metres above sea level for children from Limi makes it impossible for them to attend the schools.

    Meanwhile, Khendap Tamang, an eight grade returnee from the Capital, has been educating children and providing medical assistance to the locals in the VDC. “The hope of a government teacher in the area is a far cry where no civil servants are present,” said Tamang.

However, the tendency of the lower middle class to send their children to ‘Dalai Lama’ schools in India for free of cost, and the better off families sending theirs to schools in the Capital, has precisely added to ignorance showed by the government authorities. Moreover, most villagers migrate outside to skip the extreme weather conditions in the region.

Published: 10-06-2014 10:48

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