Rajbiraj, December 22
Students’ presence has plummeted in most schools of Saptari district. The five local levels in the district decided to shut down schools due to excessive cold following the cold wave.
Chhinmasta Rural Municipality decided to close 19 schools for four days effective from tomorrow. Chief at the rural municipality’s education department Satis Kumar Raya said the municipality had decided to give holiday effective from tomorrow after a decision was reached today.
Similarly, Chairman Hareram Yadav of Rupani Rural Municipality said a decision was taken to close schools for three days effective from tomorrow.
Teaching-learning activities in 102 schools of Saptari district were halted for the past few days after the five local levels decided to close schools.
Head teachers in the rural municipalities said the decision was taken because of low presence of students in schools as parents did not force their wards to go to schools due to cold.
Head teacher Mahendra Prasad Yadav of Rastriya Aadharbhut School of Chhinmasta Rural Municipality-7 said out of 220 students in the school, only 45 children attended classes. Similarly, Ram Chandra Sah, head teacher at Kanchira Primary School of Khadak Rural Municipality, said students’ presence was very low due to the cold wave.
The schools issued a notice declaring three days holiday. The three-day holiday will be adjusted from the six days’ winter vacation fixed for later this year.
Mayor Shambhu Prasad Yadav of Rajbiraj Municipality said 42 community schools in the municipality would close for three days effective from tomorrow.
Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality has closed community schools for four days. Chairman Satis Kumar Singh said the rural municipality decided to close 17 community schools owing to the cold.
A version of this article appears in print on December 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.