Students facing hard time in makeshift classrooms

- SUDIP KAINI, GORKHA

May 29, 2016-

Anita Baram of Bindrawati Higher Secondary School at Masel in Gorkha district was injured on Wednesday when the roof was blown away by a strong wind.

 “I received a cut on my head when zinc sheets fell on me,” said the 10th grader. 

Students studying in such makeshift classes are constantly exposed to such risks. Besides, scorching heat in the afternoon makes it very difficult to conduct teaching-learning activities.

Giriraj Lamichhane, headmaster, Pravat Higher Secondary School in Dhawa, said the school management has started classes in the morning to avoid scorching heat. 

“But we cannot avoid the risk of roofs being blown away by strong winds,” said Lamichhane.  

Devi Prasad Nepal, a teacher of Himalayan Higher Secondary School in Simjhung, said temperatures soar up to 38 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. “Students are even falling unconscious.” 

Studying in these makeshift classrooms is very difficult, said Shayam Nepali, a student. “It’s simply impossible to concentrate during the day.” Rambabu Paudel, headmaster, Bhagawati Higher Secondary School in Darbung all the schools that were damaged by the earthquake last year are running classes in makeshift classrooms and are facing a lot of problems. 

“How long can we run classes like this?” said Paudel.According to the District Education Office (DEO), around 3,000 classrooms were destroyed in the quake last year. The DEO said it is planning to construct school buildings in the district within two years. 

Published: 29-05-2016 08:36

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