Rajbiraj, October 28
Salhesh Dalit Rastriya Primary School of Belhi-5, Saptari is on the verge of closing down. The school with 109 students, 90 per cent from the Dalit community, has only two teachers, and no furniture, boundary wall or enough toilets.
The school is located on the Nepal-India border 25 km to the west of district headquarters Rajbiraj. It has only one teacher under quota, while another serves under the relief quota. As the two teachers cannot manage all classes up to grade five, school helpers also take classes, said local guardian Upendra Paswan.
“All students have to sit on the floor. A large number of students dropped out of the school as everything is in chaos. Those who come to school leave unceremoniously after the lunch break,” said Paswan.
The Head Teacher of the school Baleshwor Yadav has also been charged with engaging in politics by the locals.
On his part, Head Teacher Yadav said that though he had informed the District Education Office about the current situation. District Education Officer Dol Raj Pandey said that he was recently transferred to the district and he would settle the problem after holding necessary consultation.
A version of this article appears in print on October 29, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.