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Schools in Upper Mustang remain shut as children start migrating to escape cold

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Schools in Upper Mustang remain shut as children start migrating to escape cold

Mustang, 15  November 2015: Many schools in the Upper Mustang area in the district have remained closed as majority of the students has started descending towards lower lands to escape severe cold in the areas during winter.

Schools in Upper Mustang remain shut as children start migrating to escape cold
Schools in Upper Mustang remain shut as children start migrating to escape cold

With the onset of winter starting from November in general, many people in the mountainous areas descend towards lower lands to escape cold followed by snowfall at times.
Around 200 children in the areas have migrated to various places in Pokhara, Kaski district to escape the cold, leaving many schools remain shut. However, for a good step, concerned school authorities have managed temporary classes for the migrated children.

School inspector Motilal Chapagain said that a total of 11 schools at Chhonhup, Chhoser, Chhusang, Charang and Lomanthang have remained closed as many students have migrated towards the lower land with their families to avoid cold.

He, however, said that the schools have managed temporary classes in Pokhara for the migrated children so as not to affect their studies. The District Education Office (DEO) said that two private organisations at Lomanthang have been running temporary classes for the migrated children as well.

“We have resorted to the move to provide temporary classes for migrated children to complete the course,” Chapagain said. The DEO said that the government has been releasing budget to run temporary classes for migrated children on the basis of the number of students.

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