School running classes under open sky after its old building falls apart

- KHAGENDRA AWASTHI, BAITADI

Nov 28, 2016-Scores of students at Ganesh Secondary School in Thalakada-7, Baitadi, have been forced to attend their classes under open sky after one of the school buildings started falling apart. 

The rundown building, which was constructed nearly 50 years ago, had four classrooms. The students who attended their daily classes in the building have been left without classrooms.

Sita Nepali, a seventh grader student, said she cannot pay attention to any of the subjects because the classes take place outdoors.   

“It is hard to concentrate,” she said. “Besides, the classes are cancelled every now and then because of rain, wind or cold weather.

The school’s eighth and tenth graders are the only ones who get to study regularly as their classrooms are situated in the second building that was built more recently. 

Ganesh Saud,  the school headmaster, said running regular classes outdoors is difficult, but they have no choice.

“The school does not have a budget to construct a new building. The money is spent in teachers’ salary and to run the daily operation,” he added.   

Narendra Bahadur Saud, who chairs the school management committee, said they have long been requesting the District Administration Office and the District Education Office for a financial support to build new classrooms, but there has been no response.

The school is attended by 316 students from Thalakada and Shivalinga VDCs of Baitadi and Girichauka and Chhapali VDCs of neighbouring Doti district. 

Published: 28-11-2016 08:32

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