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Schools reopen

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
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Photo: Gopen Rai

Photo: Gopen Rai

Most of the schools closed down after the 25 April earthquake reopened on Sunday.

The remaining schools will also reopen over the next couple of weeks after repairing their damaged class-rooms or building new ones.

Many schools resumed classes in makeshift huts while others had repaired the damaged class rooms before Sunday.

Students were seen walking down the streets in school uniforms for the first time in over one month, showing some semblance of normalcy. An aftershock was felt in Kathmandu Valley on Saturday night but that did not deter parents from sending their children to schools on Sunday morning.

Photo: Gopen Rai

Photo: Gopen Rai

Earlier, the government had postponed the resumption of the closed schools after a powerful aftershock on 12 May killed over 100 people and wreaked more damages particularly in Dolakha district.

Even though schools were reopened, students were not taught their regular lessons. Instead, most schools organised cultural programs and sports events to dispel fears of earthquakes among students.

In the 14 worst-affected districts, nearly 5,000 school buildings were damaged and 45 teachers and 478 students were killed. The earthquake also damaged toilets, water tanks and compound walls of these schools.

The government has mobilised technical teams to examine the damaged buildings. Classes can be run only in those rooms that have been marked with green stickers. Schools marked with red stickers have resumed classes in temporary huts.

 

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3 Responses to “Schools reopen”

  1. namah on Says:

    Run classes like a production line, 6am to 6pm with multiple batches, ask bachelor level Nepalis to contribute one year by teaching for Nepal, ask homemakers to contribute by teaching neighborhood kids even if it is after school tuition, everyone must pitch in, open night classes, online classes, etc., etc. etc.

  2. Sara Parker on Says:

    Playing is so important for the children now, more than ever #childfriendlyschools

  3. Keeping children in classrooms – Glocal Khabar on Says:

    […] government assessment team gave both buildings at the school red stickers. But when schools reopened last May, few classes still ran on the ground floor of the damaged building till it was taken down. […]

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