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Nepal’s first school gets a major facelift

Kathmandu, October 21: Durbar High School, the country’s first school, has received a major facelift after the workers from Nepal and China worked hard to rebuild the school facilities under the financial assistance of the Chinese government.

The old school which was established by the Rana regime in 1854 was already in a dilapidated condition and could not withstand the April 2015 earthquake.

Though the Rana regime built the school to provide quality education to their children only, the Rana Prime Minister Dev Shumsher Rana opened the school for general public in 1901.

However, along with the modern education system, the number of schools with better facilities began to crop up. And, Durbar High School, with no better facilities, remained a school for children from poor and deprived families.

However, the historic school has now been rebuilt with all the necessary modern facilities and the government hopes to improve the education standard in the school.

The Chinese government has spent around Rs. 900 million to rebuild the school in which 1,000 students can be accommodated now.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari inaugurated the reconstructed facilities at the school by unveiling a bronze plaque.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, ministers and other dignitaries were also present during the inaugural function.

At the function, representative of the Chinese ambassador handed over the symbolic key of the school to Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali and the latter handed over the key to Bidhya Sundar Shakya, Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

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