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Schools reopen in earthquake-hit areas of Nepal after government orders temporary classrooms

  • Nepalese students wait for their school bus in front of a collapsed house as thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 31, 2015. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held in temporary classrooms. According to a UNICEF statement, 32,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,352 classrooms were damaged after the two major earthquakes in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese students wait for their school bus in front of a collapsed house as thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 31, 2015. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held in temporary classrooms. According to a UNICEF statement, 32,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,352 classrooms were damaged after the two major earthquakes in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Nepalese man constructs a tent which will serve as a temporary  school, as thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 31, 2015. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held in temporary classrooms. According to a UNICEF statement, 32,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,352 classrooms were damaged after the two major earthquakes in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese man constructs a tent which will serve as a temporary school, as thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 31, 2015. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held in temporary classrooms. According to a UNICEF statement, 32,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,352 classrooms were damaged after the two major earthquakes in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Nepalese boy walks past a collapsed building close to his school, as thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 31, 2015. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held in temporary classrooms. According to a UNICEF statement, 32,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,352 classrooms were damaged after the two major earthquakes in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese boy walks past a collapsed building close to his school, as thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 31, 2015. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held in temporary classrooms. According to a UNICEF statement, 32,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,352 classrooms were damaged after the two major earthquakes in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two earthquakes in Nepal have reopened.

With most buildings damaged or unsafe, classes are being held in temporary classrooms that were ordered by the Education Ministry.

In the worst-hit districts of Gorkha, Sindhupalchok and Nuwakot, it is estimated that more than 90 percent of schools were destroyed.

The two earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed 8,693 people and injured 22,221 others.

Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed.

According to UNICEF, Nepal's high dropout rate was already a major concern. Around 1.2 million children between the ages 5 and 16 have either never attended school or have dropped out.