Schools re­open in ar­eas of Nepal worst hit by the re­cent earth­quakes

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Thou­sands of schools across the dis­tricts worst hit by two ma­jor earth­quakes in Nepal re­opened Sun­day.

With most school build­ings dam­aged or un­safe, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry or­dered that classes be held in tem­po­rary class­rooms.

The earth­quakes on April 25 and May 12 killed 8,693 peo­ple and in­jured 22,221 oth­ers. It’s es­ti­mated that more than 90 per­cent of schools were de­stroyed in the worst-hit dis­tricts of Gorkha, Sind­hu­pal­chok and Nuwakot.

Ac­cord­ing to a UNICEF state­ment, 32,000 class­rooms were de­stroyed and 15,352 class­rooms were dam­aged af­ter the two ma­jor earth­quakes in Nepal.

Nepal’s high dropout rate was al­ready a ma­jor con­cern, UNICEF said adding there were es­ti­mated 985,000 chil­dren who couldn’t re­turn to classes on Sun­day, thus fac­ing a great risk of drop­ping out of school.

Ni­raj Kayanstha, a teacher at Changu­ranayan School, east of Kathmandu, told state- run Ra­dio Nepal that about half of the 400 stu­dents came to school on Sun­day. They were not study­ing but singing and danc­ing and talk­ing to teach­ers about their ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the earth­quakes.

Gov­ern­ment in­spec­tors who were sent to the schools gave green stick­ers for safe build­ings or red stick­ers for dam­aged ones.

AP

Nepalese stu­dents wait for their school bus in front of a col­lapsed house as thou­sands of schools across the dis­tricts worst hit by two ma­jor earth­quakes in Nepal re­opened Sun­day, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sun­day, May 31.

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