Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: Refugee students of class 6-8 have been boycotting classes at informal Junior High School in Nayapara from Thursday of 28th of Jan, 2016.
Mohammed Rofique, a student of grade 7 said, “Government of Bangladesh has permitted grade six for refugee children in 2014 after many years. We were very happy to get grade 6 school in 2014 in Nayapara camp which was our dream. We hoped that we could continue our higher education despite it is informal education in order that we can acquire knowledge through it”.
“However, Village Education Resource Center (VERC) with technical supports of Save the Children International (SCI) and Funded by IKEA Foundation introduced grade six at 3 rooms borrowed from TAI (Technical Assistance Inc) with 113 students from the begining where two teachers were recruited for 14 subjects. The camp leaders and the students have been urging the VERC and SCI for recruitment of more 3 teachers so that the students may get every lesson from every subject. VERC and SCI has been also promising them that they will recruit teachers immediately. Thus, 2014 and 2015 ended promising like this where grade 7 added in 2015 at the school” according to Ismat Ara, a student of grade 8.
“Now 2016 has begun and the student figures stood nearly 200 where still 2 teachers to teach and no school for accomodation of these students. We were deprived of our lessons for two years. We don’t want to our rights to be deprived any more. We will attend the class when we get full number of teachers and school this year” said Mohamed Arif, student of grade 7.