The number of students attending school in the hilly areas of the district and in the Terai has begun to decline as a result of the cold weather that has been experienced in recent days. Students’ attendance at the schools in question has been drastically reduced, according to the teachers in charge. The attendance of younger children has begun to decline, according to Rita Kumari Magar, a teacher at Panchakanya Basic School in Rauta Bolungkha, since the cold has become more severe in the last week, she explained.
Daan Bahadur Pulami Magar, a resident of the same location, stated that the parents have not sent their children to school because they fear that the children will contract pneumonia or typhoid as a result of the cold. As a result of the cold weather, according to Sumitra Pokharel, a teacher at Saptakoshi Middle School, only 50% of the students attend school on a daily basis.
Because of the cold weather and the threat of COVID, some parents have begun to keep their children at home, according to Babunarayan Chaudhary, a teacher at Janata secondary school in Handiya. In the district headquarters of Gaighat and the surrounding areas such as Belka Municipality, Beltar and Katari Bazar schools of Chaudandi Gadhi Municipality, teachers report that students are still attending regular schools.