Most schools in remote areas of Rukum district are closed due to the shortage of textbooks.
Schools in Hukam, Maikot, Kol, Taksera and Rangsi VDCs of the district are shut for months citing unavailability of textbooks.
As a result, students are deprived of their right to education and they are staying home helping their parents in household works.
Some students who can afford to go to schools in neighbouring VDCs and the district headquarters are doing so.
School textbooks supplied by the government have not arrived in these VDCs and even if they arrive the limited stock is sold immediately, said a local stationery supplier.
However, the District Education Office, the government office responsible for smooth operation of schools has expressed its ignorance to the lack of textbooks in these areas.