Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Samdrup Jongkhar's new school woes

April 8: Parents and teachers in Samdrup Jongkhar say it is risky to send their children to the new primary school. The children have to cross a stream to go to the school. The volume of the stream has started rising.

Parents who have vehicles reach their children to school. Some carry their children to school. Other children wade through the stream.

The school was constructed to ease classroom congestion at the Samdrup Jongkhar Middle Secondary School. Around 300 students from pre primary to class three study in the new school which is located about a kilometer from the town.

Parents told our reporter Pema Samdrup that it is risky to send their children to school. A bridge is being constructed but it is not complete.

The school’s principal Ngawang said they have built a temporary bridge over the stream but it was washed away by the swollen stream. The bridge is expected to take about two months to complete.

Till then, residents who have children studying in the new school can only wait.

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