More than five hundred former Kamlaris in western part of Nepal including Dang have stopped going to schools due to the financial crisis. Chairperson Sunita Chaudhary of Free Kamlari Development Forum said that Kamlaris from Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur were compelled to leave school as the scholarship amount provided by the government is not enough to buy stationeries.
According to Chaudhary, the maximum numbers of Kamlaris leaving schools are in Dang district. As per their data, with in the last two years, 196 former Kamlaris in Dang, 108 in Bardiya, 53 in Kanchanpur and 11 in Banke have left the schools.
The Nepal government had announced free Kamlari in 2013 June 27 and provided scholarships to them. However, they complained that the amount provided by the government for the scholarship is not enough for them.
According to the District Education Office of Dang, the government has provided Rs 1500 per student annually studying in standard 1 to 8 and Rs 1800 for students in standard 9 and 10. Similarly, Rs 5,000 is being provided to the former Kamlari students in standard 11 and 12 and also Rs 10,000 per students annually for those doing higher level study.
According to the forum, until September 2015 and 16 a total of 506 former Kamlari had left the schools and did child marriage due to their weak financial status.
District Education Officer Ramesh Mainali of Dang said that the constitution has ensured a free education for basic level so that no one have to be deprived from education.