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Three classes being run from a single room

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Ramechhap, September 22

Due to lack of classrooms, three classes are being conducted from a single room at Betini Lower Secondary School of Bhaluwajor in Manthali Municipality, Ramechhap.

The school has been facing shortage of classrooms after the 2015 earthquakes destroyed the school building.

The school is in need of at least 10 rooms, including an office room.

According to headteacherKhadgaBahadurThapa, they are compelled to run classes of pre-school, Grade I and Grade II from a single room. Other classes are being run in makeshift tents.

The school runs classes from pre-school to Grade VIII. “Three teachers enter the classroom at a time,” said teacher DilmayaShrestha. She said it was quite difficult to run three different classes at the same time from a single classroom. “But, we have no choice,” she added.

HeadteacherThapa said classes would be run in the open during winter season. “Since we cannot teach students in the open during monsoon, we are forced to conduct three classes from a single classroom,” Thapa added.

He complained that his pleas to solve the problem had fallen on the deaf ears of the authorities concerned.

The school is also experiencing shortage of toilets and drinking water.

A version of this article appears in print on September 23, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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