School back in ses­sion af­ter quakes

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Thou­sands of schools in Nepal re­opened in the ar­eas hit hard­est by two ma­jor earth­quakes, though the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry or­dered that classes be held in tem­po­rary class­rooms be­cause of dam­age to build­ings.

More than 90% of schools were de­stroyed in the worsthit dis­tricts of Gorkha, Sind­hu­pal­chowk and Nuwakot dur­ing the April 25 and May 12 quakes, au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mate. Ac­cord­ing to UNICEF, 32,000 class­rooms were de­stroyed and 15,352 class­rooms were dam­aged.

UNICEF said an es­ti­mated 985,000 chil­dren couldn’t re­turn to classes, thus fac­ing a great risk of drop­ping out of school.

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