The number of students has increased in community schools of Nawalparasi after the schools adopted English language as a primary teaching medium from this new academic session.
Sources at District Education Office, Nawalparasi, said even students from private schools were trying to get admission in government schools in the district of late.
Chairman Hum Nath Pandey of Loksewa High School in Basantapur, said students and guardians were attracted to community schools due to the facilities offered by the government after the School Leaving Certificate Examinations, cheap fee structure and improved quality of education, among others.
“The number of students getting admission in Grades VIII and IX has significantly increased,” he said. “Even students from notable nearby private schools are being admitted at various community schools,’’ he said.
Principal Nara Dev Neupane of Bhimsen Adarsha Higher Secondary School, said the school in Debchuli had started advertising about the new teaching style four years ago.
“Though many students are applying for our school from faraway places as well, we are currently unable to take them as children from nearby areas are more than enough,’’ he informed.
It is said that more than 100 community schools from Amarapuri to Dumkibas areas have adopted English language as the medium of instruction. This has motivated students and guardians alike.
Meanwhile, the Board of Community School for Education Movement, Nawalparasi Chairman Chandra Dev Tiwari, said more students were being admitted in Grade VI than at the primary level.
Anupa Poudel of Kawasoti, a guardian, said she had phoned the school administration to reserve a seat for her son. She wants her son to complete secondary education from a community school.
A version of this article appears in print on April 28, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.