Gorkha students lack textbooks

  • quake impact
- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Gorkha

Jun 16, 2015-

Schoolchildren in the district deprived of textbooks, uniform and stationery materials though schools closed due to earthquakes resumed classes two weeks ago.

Many children could not manage the educational materials as they have to pass through acute deficiency of budget even for food while those who could manage budget have not been able to buy them as many stationery stores have been destroyed due to the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. Local traders said they failed to transport the educational materials as rural roads and mule tracks have been damaged.

“I am going to school but have no copies and pen,” said Junu Ghale, a seventh grader at Barpak-based Himalayan Higher Secondary School. “We go to school with no bag, play and return home without reading any subjects,” she added. The school organised various extra-curricular activities and entertained children for two weeks so as to help them adjust with the post-quake scenario. The regular lessons are set to begin on June 17. Schools in the district headquarters and surrounding VDCs are re-opened and classes are run smoothly but students in villages, including Barpak, Gumda, Ghyachok and Lapu, are not mentally prepared to attend regular classes. Teachers said guardians still fear aftershocks and landslides. Authorities said around 3,200 classrooms have been destroyed in various schools in the district.

According to the District Education Office, around 74,000 students in the district are attending classes in temporary structures. Likewise, it is estimated that around 20 percent of the students do not have textbooks and stationery materials as they were buried inside the debris of quakedestroyed houses.

Published: 17-06-2015 08:07

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