ROLPA, Dec 25: Jaljala Multiple Campus in Libang, the headquarters of Rolpa district, has its own big building and enough classrooms and teachers. The campus runs undergraduate courses in Education, Humanities and Management streams. The number of registered students in the three streams is not that discouraging; there are around 100 students registered in the first year, 95 in the second year, 72 in the third year and 65 in the fourth year. However, the problem is hardly 25 percent of these students attend the classes.
The situation is even worse at Nawa Nepal Campus at Jugar. The campus which runs English, Nepali and Health and Population courses has only 25 students registered in the first year, 35 in the second year, 45 in the third year and 21 in the fourth year. But altogether, only around 20 students attend the classes at the campus which has been struggling to get enough students right from its establishment.
According to the campuses, they don't have enough students at the undergraduate levels because the number of students passing out from the secondary schools in the district is not very good.
“The 10+2 schools are not producing enough students for the bachelor's levels. In such scenario, how can we get students at our campus for higher studies?” questioned Bishnu Acharya, chief of Jaljala Multiple Campus.
According to him, only 20 to 25 percent students pass their secondary level examinations. A majority of those who pass choose to leave the district for higher education.
Not only the two campuses mentioned above but also the 10+2 schools in the district - there are 21 of them - are struggling to get enough students. They blame the poor quality of education at primary and secondary level schools in the district for the shortage of students they have been facing.
“The students don't do well in the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) because of the poor quality of education at the primary and lower secondary levels. Those who pass SEE with good marks go out of the district to study,” said Rajesh Subedi, principal at Janajyoti High School. “We can't produce enough students for the bachelor level because we ourselves don't get enough students.”