Print Edition - 2014-11-09  |  News

Seasonal students crowd schools

- PRAKASH BARAL, Baglung

Nov 8, 2014-Government schools at Bobang, Adhikarichaur and Nisi in Baglung district have been overcrowded after the children, who recently migrated to the villages from highlands to escape cold, started to attend the schools.

The school authorities said they are having difficulties conducting the classes due to a lack of space. “Students are forced to sit on the floor,” said Yam Bahadur Kayat, headmaster of Gyanodaya Secondary School (GSS) at Nisi. The school has just nine classrooms for 700 students.

Similar is the situation of Jyoti Bikash Lower Secondary School at Bobang, Tilachan Lower Secondary School at Nisi and Bidhya Bikash Lower Secondary School at Adhikarichaur.

Kayat said that about half of the students, who attend classes occasionally, have not sat final examinations. “The children cannot pass a grade or appear the School Leaving Certificate examinations during the time of final examinations and enrolment,” he said.

These schools lack budget and resources to accommodate the seasonal students. Khem Prasad Acharya, an official at the District Education Office, said they plan to run mobile school service and provide free lunch to encourage the parents of such students to keep their children at school. “It is not possible to fund the projects with the income from the office alone. So we are advocating funds from donors and government for the purpose,” he said.

Local people said that many students of the villages are deprived of education as they migrate to the highlands, quitting their studies.  

Ratna Kumar Joshi, regional programme coordinator of the Save the Children, said that 100 percent children of the villages can be enrolled if they are provided with free day meal and education materials. He said that mobile school also plays a good role in enrolling all children of the villages.

Published: 09-11-2014 08:56

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