Thousands of students in Sunsari district were unable to pass the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination after the government failed to implement its commitment to establish at least one secondary school in each Village Development Committee (VDC).
The government annually invests more than 770 million rupees in the education sector in the district; however, hundreds of children were unable to obtain the high school level education in the absence of secondary level schools.
More than half a dozen VDCs including Jalpapur, Gautampur, Maddyahasarhi, Basantapur, Rasi and Ghuski had no secondary school and more than 10, 000 children of these VDCs were unable to obtain secondary level education.
According to District Education Office (DEO), Sunsari, ten percent children of school-going age did not enroll on schools in the district.
In the absence of schools they failed to obtain education despite their interest, Punam Shah, a social organization representative said.
Some VDCs in the district even have not the lower secondary level schools.
Only 25 people out of total 15,400 population of Jalpapur VDC have passed secondary level education owing to lack of secondary level school.
In Bhimdattanagar, people in Kanchanpur district have condemned the snail-paced government activities to establish the Sudur Paschimanchal University.
They said that if the government did not take initiative to establish the university, they would launch a strong protest.
Speaking at an interaction programme, the leaders of the political parties, intellectuals and civil society representatives said that the government had not shown its concerns about their problems.
"Dillydallying in establishing the proposed university will only compel us to take to the streets," they said.
Dr. Bhawani Chand Thakuri, University Infrastructure committee coordinator, said that the government was not interested to establish a university in the far western region. "So, the government has not taken any initiative to move ahead after the decision to set up the university was made," she said.
Dev Sing Nath, secretary of the committee, said that central representatives of the areas, the Constituent Assembly members and political parties were also inactive in materializing the proposal.
(Source: The Rising Nepal)