Students leave Gorkha villages in hordes

- SUDIP KAINI, GORKHA

Aug 12, 2015-

Hundreds of students from several earthquake-hit villages in Gorkha district have moved to Gorkha Bazaar, the district headquarters, and other parts of the country to continue their studies. 

More than 300 students from Barpak, Saurpani, Laprak, Gumda, Sirdibash, Lapu and Swara have joined the schools in the district headquarters while scores others have left for places like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan for studies. 

Almost all the school buildings in the quake-hit areas in the district were destroyed. Lumnath Lamichhane, the headmaster at Balmandir Secondary School at Gorkha Bazaar, said that 42 quake-affected students have been enrolled in the school. 

Sangita Gurung of Saurpani, a former ninth grader at the Barkpak-based Himalayan Higher Secondary School, is one of them. She decided to leave her village and come to the district headquarters so that she could continue her school.

Sangita said that her parents decided to enrol her to Balmandir Secondary School at Gorkha Bazaar because there was no way she could continue her studies at Barpak.

She said she and some of her friends from her village have rented a room at Gorkha Bazaar.

Kopila Gurung, 14, of Laprak said that she moved to the district headquarters with her family after the earthquake. Kopila and her sister now go to the same school at Gorkha Bazaar.

She said many people from her village had to leave their homes because of landslide threat after the earthquake. A majority of the children who have come to study in the district headquarters are staying in a pitiful condition.

Lecturer of Mahendra Higher Secondary School, Laxman Acharya said many children and their families are still living in temporary shelters built for the earthquake victims. Meanwhile, 59 students willing to study in Kathmandu were handed over in care of Central Child Welfare Board. 

Published: 12-08-2015 11:45

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