Assess school buildings: DoE

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

May 4, 2015-

The Department of Education (DoE) has directed all private and public schools not to resume classes without assessing the status of their buildings.

Issuing a notice on Monday, the DoE directed the schools to carry out proper survey from experts before running classes. It also asked them to confirm that there is no risk to students from school buildings. A preliminary report from various District Education Offices shows that the April 25 quake destroyed schools in 36 districts. The report shows that 668 public schools have collapsed while 2,228 have damaged. Similarly, over 7,000 classrooms are reported to have been destroyed so far.

“As partially destroyed buildings can pose risk to students, all schools in the 36 districts are directed for threat assessment before resuming classes,” said Dev Kumari Guragain, DoE director. The DoE has decided to halt classes until May 14.

The Higher Secondary Education Board also has decided to postpone examinations of grade 11 and 12 as a number of school buildings which were to be used as exam centres have either collapsed or damaged by the quake. The grade 12 examination was scheduled to kick off on Sunday while the grade 11 exams were set to start on May 15. According to HSEB Member Secretary Narayan Prasad Koirala, new schedule will be announced at least 15 days ahead of the exams.

The Tribhuvan University which has suffered a huge loss due to the quake also decided on Monday to halt its entire academic programmes for a month. Around a dozen of its constituent colleges and over three dozens of affiliated collages have been damaged.

Published: 05-05-2015 08:56

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