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Classes affected in quake-hit Rukum schools

RUKUM, AUG 10 - Teaching and learning activities at eight schools in the district have been affected as their buildings which were partially damaged in an earthquake one month ago are yet to be reconstructed.

According to the District Education Office (DEO), buildings of the Garayala-based Suryodaya Lower Secondary School, the Kotjahari-based Gyankunja Primary School, the Aathbiskot-based Janabikash Primary School, the Magma-based Himalaya Namuna Primary School and two secondary schools in Kholagaun VDC were damaged by the earthquake. The district was the epicenter of the earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale.

As a result, some schools are running classes in crammed rooms while others have halted classes of the lower grades. “We are forced to teach students of up to three classes in a single classroom,” said Rajesh Sharma, a teacher at a secondary school in Kholagaun VDC-3.

Baljit Khatri, member of the Himalaya Namuna Primary School Management Committee, said they lack funds to repair the damaged buildings. He said their requests to authorities, including the DEO officials, for reconstructing the damaged buildings have not been heeded.

District Education Officer Harihar Dhital said a process to collect data on infrastructures and school buildings damaged by the earthquake is under way. “Reconstruction work based on priority will start from mid-August,” he said.

Posted on: 2013-08-10 02:00