Rebuilding of Sindhu schools delayed

- ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK

Jul 23, 2017-Hundreds of students in Sindhupalchok are still studying under the temporary makeshift classes as the reconstruction of schools ravaged by April 2015 earthquake has failed to pick up pace even two years after the disaster.

According to the District Education Office (DEO) data, only 76 quake-hit schools have been reconstructed yet. Those schools were constructed with financial assistance of various social organisations. Ashok Parajuli, an official of the DEO, said that Rs15 million, provided by the JICA Trust for the construction of 411 schools, was frozen in the last fiscal year.  

More than 3,600 classrooms of 530 schools in the district were destroyed in the earthquake. Krishna Subedi, chief of the District Level Project Implementation Unit of the National Reconstruction Authority, said 356 school buildings are under 

construction. 

Nima Lama, a local of Marming in Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality, said his children are facing difficulties studying under the temporary huts. “The students are also under a landslide threat,” he said. Teachers said that they have to halt classes during rains and winds. “We have been teaching all the students of the school in a single room,” said Krishna Prasad Dahal, headmaster of Ganesh Basic School in Chokati, Tripurasundari Rural Municipality. Rajendra Karki, headmaster of Shreekrishna Ratnaganga Secondary School, said temporary makeshift classes have worn 

out students. 

Published: 23-07-2017 07:10

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