Students forced to swim to reach school


Himalayan News Service

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Surkhet (Khajura), July 3:  The students of Devasthal VDC-1, Namra, in Salyan district, have to pass through a heavy water current and swollen river during the rainy season while walking five-hour every day to reach their school.

It is tougher to presume as to how much risks the students have to come across in their lives while embracing the destiny of ‘home in one district and study in another district’ for years.

The students are forced to swim across the swollen Bheri River on their way to Bageswori higher secondary school located in Rakash VDC of Surkhet early in the morning. The poor students are not aware as to how long they have to endure such excruciating pain and plight.

They get ready to go school before two hours of the school time early in the morning. They move towards school holding books and copies along with Chinda, a material made to cross the river, and crossed the river in 20 minutes. It has been their routine.

At least two dozen students of Namra of Salyan go to school of Surkhet.

‘We come schools every day by crossing the swollen river but we are not getting environment of regular study due to repeated strikes and bandh. Our future is like this but we are worried to our nation’s future’, said Tilak Prasad Sharma, a student.

In the absence of bridge over the Bheri River, students of Bageswori School in Rakam, Bhanu higher secondary in Bajedichaur and Surya Jyoti secondary in Ghoreti have to swim to go across the river to pursue their education.

(Source: The Rising Nepal, Published on July 3)