DEO to monitor safety standards in Lalitpur schools

Lalitpur, July 12

District Education Office, Lalitpur has decided to monitor schools in the district to ensure that they meet the required safety standards.

The DEO’s move comes in the wake of the wall collapse incident in Lalitpur in which two students of Pushpanjali Secondary School were killed. Twenty-five other students were injured when the wall adjoining the school’s premises collapsed and fell on Grade III and Grade VIII classrooms.

District Education Officer Dil Nath Puri said, “We will monitor the schools in coordination with the local administration and Urban Development Office.

After the unfortunate incident on July 1, we carried out an investigation and found that the school, where the incident took place, had not acquired permission to build prefab classrooms.”

After collecting the details of schools that have not followed the building code while constructing infrastructures, the DEO would pile pressure on them to meet the set criteria, he added.

Earlier, the DEO had prepared a preliminary report on the wall collapse incident and submitted it to the probe panel formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. A five-member probe panel led by joint-secretary Krishna Bahadur Raut had been formed to investigate into the incident.

The panel has been entrusted with carrying out fact-finding investigation and submitting its report to the ministry with a recommendation of legal action against the guilty.

Puri further said that all the injured students have been discharged from the hospital.

“However, decisions have yet to be taken on issues of compensation to the families of the deceased girls and treatment for the injured students,” he said.

Currently, there are 295 government schools and 197 community schools in the district.