HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: President Ram Baran Yadav today urged the government to bring special programmes to control the primary level dropout rates.
Addressing the golden jubilee of Gyanodaya Secondary School in Bafal, President Yadav said, “Though the number of primary level students is increasing, they have been found to be leaving in the middle of the academic session.”
He expressed disappointment at the government’s failure to bring children with poor financial background and remote areas to mainstream education. On the occasion, the President said that despite being a community school, Gyanodaya’s academic performance was outstanding.
Mahashram Sharma, Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Education, said Gyanodaya school had set a good example for teachers and School Management Committees of other community schools. School Principal Dhananjaya Sharma (Adhikari) said they have been unable to admit all students who seek admission at the school due to limited resources.
“We have never admitted more than our capacity despite pressures from political parties and people from the administrative sector,” he said, adding that they would not have to turn down any student if the government helped them in building the school infrastructures. Narayan Prasad Poudel, president, SMC expressed gratitude to all the teachers, guardians, donors and stakeholders for their continuous support for the past five decades.
During the programme, the school administration also feted outstanding students, former SMC chairperson, present and former principals. Established in 1963, the school has currently 2,100 students.