Upper Dolpa schools closed for six months

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, DOLPA

Nov 25, 2018-

With the decrease in temperature, schools in the northern region of Dolpa

district have started to declare their winter breaks, which lasts for six months.

Around 25 schools in Phoksundo, Dolpo Buddha and Chharkatasong rural municipalities have closed for the winter, as their residents have started migrating to warmer regions.

In upper Dolpa, the school academic year ends in November and remains closed for six months.    

“In November, the local schools in upper Dolpa move to warmer regions for six months to escape harsh winter cold weather,” said Ganga Ram Kathayat, a teacher at Crystal Mountain Basic School.

The unusually long winter break means around 2,900 children from 24 schools in these rural municipalities will be deprived of education for six months.

Singha Raj Dangi, chief of the District Education Development and Coordination Unit, said it is almost impossible for students to attend school during winter as

temperatures plummet below freezing point.

“People from the upper reaches move to lower regions with their belongings and livestock,” he said.

Published: 25-11-2018 07:27

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