It’s school holidays in whole of January which in this situation means only one thing: even further loss of precious study time. How can 10th graders from the many affected districts get an “A” or even “B” – or whatever the new modern grades offer – when large parts of the curriculum was never taught due to loss of school hours?! Indeed, looking back on 2015 – perhaps one of the worst years in Nepal at least since the height of the Maoist conflict – one has to be be hopeful but it’s hard to be optimistic.To top it off, here’s the latest from those responsible for publishing school textbooks. SLC students – indeed, students of all grades – have faced massive delays in school textbook distribution also this year. Several months of waiting time for getting textbooks is common! In fact, it was just announced that also next year millions of textbooks will be delayed, so scores of students won’t get their books in time. In sum, those SLC students who do make it to the exam in April will have been through a lot to get there.
Is school reconstruction going to start anytime soon? Well, INGOs have built some schools, but the government’s National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) only began operations just before new year – a six months delay! It remains to be seen how quickly the NRA will start spending the USD 4,4 billion available to it, and how much will be spend on school buildings. As for the ongoing political crisis – disrupting all aspects of life not least in the Terai – when this crisis will end and how soon school will get back to normal is, it seems, anybody’s guess.
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