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Mar 18, 2011

The students in Dungna Lower Secondary School in Chhukha have only one wish, a spacious hostel with a bed of your own. It is a dream that has never been realised and there is no telling when it would be. Not anytime soon, it is apparent.

If anything, the problem has only grown with each passing year as more and more students join the school.

Established in 1965, it is one of the oldest schools in the district.

The girls’ hostel has 150 occupants. In each room, there are 50 girls. There is hardly any space to even move around. What little extra space there is is occupied by boxes and buckets.

Despite the congestion and the cramped conditions, the students are happy. Many consider themselves fortunate that they have boarding facilities at all. There are many other students who would give anything to swap places with them, students who did not get to stay as boarders and are therefore compelled to walk up to three hours every morning to school.

The boy’s hostel is not better. It was constructed about 50 years ago. It has never been repaired or renovated. To say the least, it is dilapidated. Both the students and the school authorities are worried about its safety. A little tremor and it could collapse on the students, burying them under the debris.

The Dungna Lower Secondary School has 371 students and 12 teachers. The school is three days walk from the nearest motor-able road. It is, needless to say, one of the remotest schools in Chhukha and the country.

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