Nepal | March 23, 2019

Community schools in Kaski attracting hordes of students

Himalayan News Service

Kaski, April 22

A large number of students are being attracted to community schools in Kaski after they started using English as the language of instruction.

Saraswati Tika Higher Secondary School at Lekhnath Municipality is one such example where the number of students increased significantly after the school administration, teachers and parents decided to enrol their wards in the school.

Earlier, the children of community school teachers admitted their wards in private schools. But as many as 180 new students got admitted to the school this year.

Head teacher of the school said they were having difficulty managing students as enrolments surpassed their expectations. “The school will admit students only after taking entrance examinations from next year,” he said.

Students from nearby private schools also enrolled in the school after the school started using English as a medium of instruction.

Prem Bahadur Sunar, member of the school management committee, said he transferred his grand children, who were studying in a private school in Pokhara, to the community school.

“We started teaching in English language thinking even children from poor financial backgrounds would get quality education,” he added.

Sunar further said that other guardians would also admit their wards in community schools if responsible persons of the community change their mindset.

A local Bishnu Ranabhat of the municipality said he had admitted two of his sons in Saraswati Tika School. Nisha Thapa, another local, also did the same.

Chairman of the school management committee, Rishi Raj Acharya, said he had also enrolled her daughter in Grade VII in the same school. Similarly, former chairman of the school also admitted his grand children in the same school.

According to Acharya, as many as 310 new students from nursery to Grade X enrolled in the school this year.

A version of this article appears in print on April 23, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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