SIMULTANEOUS MULTIPLE CLASSES IN A ROOM -
situation in Nepali school in Phattepur VDC
Three teachers divide the blackboard among
themselves by drawing boundary lines on it. Students of class two, three, four
and five are seated in the same row with pens and notebooks. They struggle to
make out which portion of the blackboard is actually meant for them.
After scribbling on the board, teachers move from one corner to another as, in a
merry-go-round, asking students not to trespass the boundary line they have
drawn while taking down notes. They are trying to solve problems. But the
children hardly listen.
Can anyone guess the quality and relevance of government school education when
four classes are taught in a single room at a time? Shri Nepal Rastriya
Madhyamik Bidhyalaya (SNRMB) of Phattepur VDC Amdanda, Bara; conduct four
classes in one room simultaneously, and have only one black board for use.
It has been seven years since students of SNRMB were taught this way. The
authorities are however least bothered about changing this state of affairs.
“There are four classes to be handled in one room by three teachers at a time
and there is only one blackboard. We divide the blackboard between three of us
by drawing lines and tutor the children, said Kaushila Chaudhary, a school
“Very often, students are confused regarding which portion of the blackboard is
actually meant for them and to which boundary line they should confine
themselves as they copy,” she added.
“This has severely marred the learning of children,” said Laxmi Gautam, another
“The din in the classroom is too much for my ears. On the other hand, children
don’t grasp the lesson taught because they can’t hear unless a microphone is
used,” she added.
Teachers have repeatedly explained their difficulties to the authorities, but in
to no avail.
The school requires six class rooms but has only two, including one for the
pre-primary section. There are 150 students. Pre-primary and primary students
are taught in one room and four other classes are held in another room.
“It’s like a fish market where everybody shouts at everybody, we don’t hear what
teachers say,” said Lok Nath Sedhai, a fifth grader.
“I feel like staying at home and studying rather than coming to school,” said
Parbati Sedhai, a fourth grader who shares the same class with Lok Nath.
Source: The Kathmandu Post, March 10, 2005
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