Reconstruction of quake-damaged schools in snail pace: Education Minister Shrestha



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Kathmandu, June 15: Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gopalman Shrestha has accepted that the reconstruction task of quake-damaged schools has not taken pace as expected.
Speaking at a programme organised by Ghansi Aadarsha Nepal, an organisation working in the education sector since long, here on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha said that the reconstruction of the schools damaged by Gorkha earthquake two years ago is taking place at a sluggish pace.

He said, "Some 9,000 schools were damaged by the earthquake, and of them, only 1,000 have been reconstructed. It is too slow."

Similarly, former Education Minister Chitralekha Yadav, lauded the support of Ghansi Nepal for the development of education sector. She said, "An organisation has been carrying out works selecting the education sector. I respect the organisation for this."

Likewise, lawmaker Ram Chandra Pokharel said that employment-oriented education was necessary to provide job to youths in the country.

Lawmaker Umesh Shrestha rued the failure to get expected result from education sector despite an investment of 20 to 24 percent of the country's total budget in the sector every year.

Likewise, Chairman of Rastriya Samachar Samiti Kul Chandra Wagle lauded the contribution of the Ghansi Nepal to reconstructing damaged school buildings while referring to the contribution of a Ghansi (fodder collector) to a school building as stated in a work by pioneer poet Bhanu Bhakta.
Also, actor Rajesh Hamal praised the social work of the organisation.

Ghansi Nepal, an organisation working in social service for the past one decade, has been on an campaign to reconstruct school buildings ravaged by the earthquake of April 25, 2015 in the quake-affected Gorkha, Sindhuli, Kathmandu, Dolakha, Sindhupalchok and Rasuwa.

The organisation has a plan to reconstruct buildings of 300 schools affected by the quake and repair of over a dozen damaged school buildings has been completed so far, said the Ghansi Nepal's Chairman Madhav Prasad Ghimire. RSS