Around 8,000 Nepalgunj, Western Nepal children out of schools
NEPALGUNJ: About 8,000 children of school going age in Nepalgunj, Western Nepal are yet to be enrolled.
According to Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City, 4,099 school-age children have not been enrolled in schools while 4060 are dropouts.
The Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City of the western Terai has a population of 146,876.
Meanwhile, Child Club Network, Banke drew the attention of the Sub Metropolitan City on Friday to enrol all the students in school.
Menuka Rawal, chairperson of the network, said many children were forced out of school due to poverty even though they wanted to continue their study.
The authorities should create a education friendly environment for the children to enable them to give continuation to their education, Rawal said.
“Only free distribution of textbooks is not enough to bring all children to schools. The local government must identify the children in needs and have to distribute copy, pens, bags, uniforms and other education materials to the needy students,” the network demanded.
Khusbu Rai, a six grader dropout, said she was unable to continue her education due to extreme poverty though she had a dream to study up to higher education.
Uma Thapa Magar, Deputy Mayor of Nepalgunj Sub Metropolitan City, informed that they allocated Rs. 5 million last fiscal year to bring all children to schools.
Magar added that the children were out of schools not only because of poverty, but also owing to lack of awareness among guardians.
The Sub Metropolitan City which has 153 schools, has 27,200 illiterates.