Schools resume, kids unable to attend

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, Banke
Schools resume, kids unable to attend

Sep 2, 2014-

Schools in the district resumed from Sunday after being shut down for more than two weeks in wake of the floods. Hundreds of flood-affected children, however, were unable to  attend classes for not having educational materials, the District Education Office said.

According to the guardians, school uniforms and textbooks were destroyed by the floods, and that the families were not in a position to afford new ones.

Local resident Mamata BK said that 35 children, of Tihihiriya VDC-4 and -5, have quit school after the floods swept away their textbooks. The kids were going to Laxmi Primary School.

“The floods ravaged all educational materials. They are now reluctant to go to school without them,” BK said, urging concerned authorities to provide them at the earliest.

Jiban Neupane, school inspector, said that 7,042 students have been affected by the floods and out of them around 6,000 have for some reason failed to attend classes.

“We have decided to purchase and speed up the delivery of new textbooks for flood-affected children,” he said. Various non-government organisations are ready to support the District Education Office (DEO) to purchase them, the DEO said.

Meanwhile, children of Kaprechaur area in Salyan have been unable to attend classes after the route leading to their school has been washed away by the landslides, locals said.

The area reportedly has around 2,000 children going to school.

Published: 03-09-2014 09:22

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