Baitadi, November 25
Teaching learning activities at Rauleshwor Ghattepatthar Primary School in Baitadi district have been severely affected as the school has only two teachers.
The primary school with over 100 students in Rauleshwor VDC has two teachers – one head teacher and a teacher. Whenever one of the teachers is on leave, the remaining one has to bear the responsibility of the entire school.
School principal Karna Bahadur Madai said they were unable to hire additional teachers due to budget constraints. “We have a really hard time if one of us has to take a day off. In such case, a single teacher needs to carry out all school activities,” he said.
Besides teaching, Madai as a head teacher has to carry out administrative works. Though the school is in the 23rd year of its establishment, it has been reeling under lack of teachers.
Meanwhile, the lack of teachers has left many local guardians worried.
Dharmasingh Madai, a local guardian, said the quality of education at the school had been deteriorating due to lack of adequate teachers. “How can one teacher take all the classes and give time to over 100 students?”, he questioned.
District Education Officer of Baitadi Lalsingh Ter said the proposed education regulations could give some respite to the rural school.
A version of this article appears in print on November 26, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.