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Students forced to study under temporary structures

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Kathmandu, July 17, 2018:  Due to the renting of school building, Students at Bhim Secondary School are compelled to continue their studies from temporary structures roofed with Zinc sheets. The school’s newly constructed building was given on rent to open a bank in Melung Rural Municipality, Dolakha.

The building was rented to Sanima Development Bank on rent for Rs 15,000 per month as per the decision of school management committee and head teacher Sachin Thokar.

Due to this, as many as 150 students from grade 1 to 9 are compelled to take classes in temporary structures. While the students looked sad knowing about the situation, People’s representatives and locals protested the decision of the school administration. “Nobody has accepted the decision as the teaching-learning activities at the school have been badly affected,” Nabin Kumar Gole, ward-4 member said the school building was necessary for students.

Speaking on this, head teacher Thokar said the school administration and the bank representatives signed the agreement as there was no alternative to the school building for opening a bank in the area.

Parents and local guardian are of the view that the school administration should not keep students in temporary structures to get some money by renting the building. A local guardian, Deb Bahadur Gole, said, “The school was run by the community and would not tolerate any random decision taken by the school administration”

Talking about this matter, District Education Implementation Unit Chief Govinda Sedain clarified the government did not construct the school building to earn money by giving the building on rent. “The school building was built to improve academics of the school,” he said. He also added that action would be taken against the authority concerned.