Udayapur, February 12
Panchawati Primary School in Katari Municipality, Udayapur, is on the verge of being shut down due to serous financial crisis. So far, the school has been run with the financial help of locals.
As the school is not in a condition to pay the salary of its teachers, the school management has no other option but to close the school.
The school, which was established in 2009, was managing the salary of teachers through donations. The school has a total of 150 students but the government has not provided even a single teacher to the school. All three teachers of the school were temporary teachers paid from the school’s own resources.
“We have been managing around Rs 15,000 per month from local donors for teachers’ salary,” said former chairperson of the School Management Committee Krishna Bahadur Rana Magar. He said locals were also reluctant to give donations. “It is also embarrassing for SMC to ask for donations frequently,” said Rana Magar.
“We have been requesting District Education Office to manage permanent teachers ever since the school was established, but in vain. We have not received anything except textbooks so far,” said Prem Bahadur Magar, a local.
He further said the Infrastructure of the school was also constructed with the financial support of locals.
Meanwhile, Katari Municipality Mayor Kaji Shrestha pledged necessary support and initiatives to solve the problem saying that he was unaware about it.
A version of this article appears in print on February 13, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.