Students of Child Development Centres (CDC) and primary schools in remote areas of Gorkha district have been studying under the open sky even after classes were resumed one and half months after the April 25 earthquake.
These schools have not been conducting classes under makeshift shelters like schools in other areas of the district as they have not received tents and tarpaulins from the government or any other relief agencies to build temporary structures.
Students of Bandevi Primary School (BPS), Deurali have been studying under temporary sheds made of straw after the school building was badly damaged in the April 25 earthquake and was deemed unfit to live in. The school also has not received any tarpaulins to build makeshift structures.
“We are conducting classes in a shed,” said Karki, adding that the classes will surely be called off if there is a downpour. Meanwhile, Ram Prasad Kandel, a local teacher, said a team of Nepal Army personnel built a makeshift structure at Duwar Primary School in Dhuwakot on Monday so that the school would no longer have to conduct classes under the open sky.
“We were conducting classes for students under the open sky,” said Kandel. “Now that the Nepal Army has built a makeshift structure out of tarpaulin and bamboo, it has become easy to conduct classes.”
District Education Officer Hari Aryal admitted that the CDCs and primary schools have not received tarpaulins to build temporary structures as they have given priority to secondary and higher secondary level schools in the first phase.
There are 375 CDCs and 151 primary schools in the district. Majority of these schools are conducting their classes under the open sky. The guardians of students studying in Karmasingh Primary School have taken the initiative to construct makeshift structures so that their children would not have to take classes under the open sky and be at the mercy of the elements.
The District Education Office has even started to provide Rs 25, 000 to various secondary and higher secondary schools to buy galvanized zinc sheets and construct makeshift structures.
Consequently, the schools have started conducting morning classes as it becomes virtually impossible to conduct classes under the galvanized sheets during the day because of the heat.
Meanwhile, DEO Aryal said 30 teachers of various schools came to his office to inform that they are not able to resume classes due to landslides in the district.