Students in Saptari yet to receive textbooks


Himalayan News Service

Rajbiraj, June 5: The government had said it would provide textbooks to students in the first week of the new academic session. However, students of Rastriya Primary School in Kankalini Municipality, Sapatri, have not got the textbooks yet. 

According to school sources, the school could not manage textbooks as the money meant for buying textbook could not be withdrawn from the school s account due to absence of the head teacher. 

School head teacher Bindeswori Mandal had retired from the post around four months ago, but the new head teacher is yet to be appointed. Two teachers and one office assistant have also not received salary for the last few months as there is no one to issue the cheque. 

The school has six classrooms but students from Grade I to V have been kept in a single classroom. Two classrooms are not in good condition for running classes, while the other rooms have been used to keep old files, desks, benches, and other furniture. 

 The school enrolled only three children this year. Looking at the school's miserable condition, guardians did not enroll their wards. According to Raj Narayan Yadav, a teacher, the school has 86 students. Of them, only 11 attend classes regularly. 

Another teacher Harekrishna Paikara said the school had started facing problems after the ward Chair Ramnath Mandal began to use school as a political field. Non-appointment of head teacher too has added to the school's further decline, said Paikara. School Management Committee Chair Kishor Kumar Mandal and ward Chair Ramnath Mandal are brothers. 

 Teacher Paikara charged that the school had been running without head teacher and academic activities were thrown into disarray due to ward Chair Mandal's unnecessary interference. 

Meanwhile, ward chair Mandal denied the allegation that he had interfered in the school's internal affairs.