Only school reopens after 4 years in Ladakh’s remote village, Courtesy DC Avny Lavasa

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It was a festive day for the residents of the remote village of Hundar Dok in the Nobra sub-division of Leh when the only government school in the area, which was shut four years ago, was reopened on Friday.

Residents of the village, with a population of 95, were delighted when Avny Lavasa became the first deputy commissioner to visit the hamlet to reopen the middle school.

The school was closed during the PDP-BJP regime when several schools in the state were clubbed or shut because of a low number of students. Over the past few decades, people in the cold desert region have come to believe that private schools will ensure their children a bright career.

This picturesque small village, which is located at a distance of about 20 km from the main road, is surrounded with snow-capped mountains. With the inception of private schools in the district, especially at the sub-divisional level, the parents preferred to enrol their children in private schools away from home, due to which enrolment in government schools rapidly dropped and the school was forced to close in the year 2015.

The village heads expressed happiness and excitement over the re-opening of the school and thanked the DC for visiting their village and inaugurating the school.

Hundar Dok is a small village located in Nobra Tehsil of Leh district with a total of 21 families that comprise of 49 females and 46 males. Hundar Dok village has a lower literacy rate compared to Jammu and Kashmir. In 2011, the literacy rate of Hundar Dok village was 48.91% compared to 67.10% in rest of the state.

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