Two years after quake Durbar High School continues classes under tin roof
April 18, 2017 08:45 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, April 18: Believe it or not, most of the quake-stricken schools are still continuing classes in makeshift tents in the capital city two years after the massive earthquake struck Nepal.
The Durbar High School (Bhanu Secondary School), which is the first school in the country, is still running classes under tents bearing the marks of a shameful failure on part of the authorities to rebuild the school.
According to the Ministry of Education, a total of 500 community schools inside the Kathmandu Valley suffered damages during the massive earthquake. There are a total of 625 community schools in the valley alone.
With a total enrollment of 180 students from nursery level to Grade X, the high school located west of the historic Malla-era landmark of Rani Pokhari, is forced to operate classes under temporary shelter.
School Principal, Hem Chandra Mahato, said he has repeatedly knocked on the doors of Education Ministry, Education Department, District Education Office and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) for rebuilding the school's building, but to no avail.
"We are running classes under a roof made of corrugated zinc sheets since April 25, 2015 and there are a lot of problems in this; when one class is running it creates disturbances in another class, we face problems in monsoon and in winter," Mahato shared. RSS