School shifts classes from ‘haunted’ rooms

Surkhet, October 14:

Two rooms in a school at Kunathari VDC in the western part of Surkhet district are lying vacant for the past three years for fear of ghosts.

The rooms meant for Class 3 and 4 in Janjagriti Proposed Lower Secondary School, situated in ward 8 Damar of Kunathari VDC, 17 km west of district headquarters Birendranagar, are currently being used as store rooms.

School headmaster Tika Ram Subedi said classes in these two rooms were discontinued after students there began getting fainting fits three years ago. He said that girl students were more susceptible and added that students in other classrooms did not face any such problem.

Everyday six to seven students of classes 3 and 4 began getting fainting fits in the school, established 11 years ago. The afflicted students would try to smash the walls of the classrooms and throw their arms and legs in all directions. So, a decision was reached to discontinue classes in these two rooms, the headmaster said.

A few local shamans told the school authorities that the problem had occurred because the school was located on a spot frequented by spirits.

School management committee member Dammari Gautam said that they were unable to shift the school to another spot because of financial constraints. Gautam added that the district education office had been informed about the problem and that the school authorities had also filed an application for shifting the school to another place.

Meanwhile, Class 3 and 4 students who were placed in one of the “haunted” rooms three months ago due to want of space again began getting fainting fits, said headmaster Subedi. After that, the Class 3 and 4 students were crammed into another room.