Quake-hit Lamjung schools resume morning classes in makeshift tents

- AASH GURUNG, Lamjung
Quake-hit Lamjung schools resume morning classes in makeshift tents

May 27, 2015-

The worst quake-hit schools in Lamjung district have resumed morning classes that start at 6:00 am and end at 10:30 am. As their buildings have been badly damaged or razed to the ground, these schools are conducting classes under makeshift tents and tarpaulins at the moment.

“We have started to conduct morning shift classes under makeshift tents as it is inadvisable to do so during day time when it gets extremely hot,” said Debaki Parajuli, a teacher at Sarada Secondary School in  Dhamilikuwa-2, adding that students will be taught under makeshift tents until they come up with better alternatives.

A 10th grader, Mamata Rana Magar from Palungtar-7 in Gorkha said morning classes are not so easy to attend as those conducted during the day because they have to come from faraway places. Magar said classes conducted under tents are also “very uncomfortable” for students due to lack of space and other logistics. Pritam Gurung, a student from Bargaun, also said they have been having problems attending morning classes. “We are happy to study anytime of the day, but classes held in the morning are shorter and teachers don’t have enough time to teach us properly,” said Gurung.

On the other hand, Janaklal Shrestha, a health teacher at Sarada School, said that students have been advised to use safe drinking water as the sources of water around the school have become polluted due to disturbance in ecology caused by the recent earthquake.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Sarada Secondary School Management Committee, Krishna Kumar Shrestha expressed the school’s inability to conduct classes during the day due to the extreme heat. “We cannot conduct classes under tents during day time because of the tremendous heat,” he said.

“Even some classes have been merged into one due to lack of space,” Shrestha informed. Likewise, Assistant District Education Officer Narayan Prasad Paudel said majority of schools in the district have resumed classes, albeit in the morning, but some quake-affected schools are yet to open.

District Education Office informed that schools in quake-affected areas in Dudhpokhari, Bichaur, Ilampokhari, Kolki, Guanda, Pachok, including schools located in eastern and western belts of the district have resumed classes from Sunday onwards.

Published: 28-05-2015 07:18

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