Schoolchildren making risky journey to school in Jajarkot

Jajarkot, July 28

Though community schools in Jajarkot district re-opened on July 20 after summer vacation, schoolchildren are facing difficulty crossing swollen rivers and streams while on their way to schools.

“There are no bridges over most of the rivers in the district and crossing those swollen rivers in this monsoon season has been risky for people, especially schoolchildren while they are commuting to and from their schools,” Dal Bahadur Khatri, a teacher at Pancha Bhayar Secondary School, Jikuwa said.

Earlier, these schools used to remain closed throughout the monsoon season as it was difficult to cross the flooded rivers and rivulets, he added.

Ram Prasad Khatri, parent of a student from Triveni Nalgad Municipality-8, said, “As there are no bridges over the rivers and streams, we are worried.”

He urged the local level representatives to construct temporary bridges over these rivers should it take more time for them to find a long-term solution to the problem.

The problem has particularly plagued schoolkids from Ragda, Bhagawati, Sakla, Ramidanda, Nayakbada, Rokayagaon and Daha of the district.