Students start falling ill due to exposure to cold in TLC

Bhaktapur, Dec 28: Many students who take classes at various Temporary Learning Centres in Bhakatpur Municipality have started developing cold related sickness as the winter chill takes toll on their physical health.

As the temperature is taking a steep dip day by day, the TLCs in Bhaktapur finding it increasingly difficult to draw their students to school regularly for they fear the biting cold or fall sick to it, according to Srijana Joshi, Head Teacher at the Niketan Higher Secondary School.

Many schools in Bhaktapur sustaining damages during the April 25 earthquake operate in TLCs which could not shield students from heat, rain or cold, added Head Teacher Joshi.

The teaching and learning activities in the Shree Padma Higher Secondary School in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which has 1900 students, have been adversely affected as the students are unwilling to attend their school regularly in TLC lately due to cold.

Ram Hada, Head Teacher of the School shared that students in TLC are compelled to study under the extremes of weather, especially in the chill of winter.

The School that basks in the reputation of being the first school in the district has been operating from TLC since the quake damaged its old building infrastructure, according to Head Teacher Hada.

The Sharada Higher Secondary School has witnessed presence of students decreasing as the mercury continues to plummet further low, said the School Head Teacher Uddav Sujakhuka.

Although the winter vacation in most of the schools across the country is due in few days, many schools in Bhaktapur being operated from TLCs already experiencing absence of students in bulk due to the cold.

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