The last young lady standing

Nargis Nahar and eight different young ladies moved on from class eight together at Sardob High School in 2020 preceding the pandemic hit. After schools were closed down, she moved away from her companions. 

After longer than a year and half, Nargis was happy when the declaration of schools returning came. 

Ready to start her classes and meet her companions on September 12, she entered her study hall just to see that of them nine, she was the final straggler. 

Consistently from that point forward, she wound up to be the solitary young lady in her group. 

Her eight other female cohorts were offered after the conclusion of schools 

Fazle Rahman, the head instructor of the school in Kurigram Sadar upazila, affirmed to The Daily Star that aside from Nargis, different young ladies of class nine were offered, while three young ladies of class 10 were likewise offered. 

"Moreover, we have come to realize that a 6th grader, two seventh graders and four eighth graders were additionally offered by their relatives," he said, adding that before the schools were briefly closed down, there were 63 female understudies, out of 225, from class six to 10. 

Subsequent to returning, there are around 60-65 understudies joining in, of whom, just 15 are female. 

"Participation has not been acceptable since the school returned," he said, adding, "we have shaped a group of instructors who will go to each missing understudy's home to perceive any reason why they have not been coming." 

Addressing The Daily Star, Nargis, isolated in her homeroom, said she was upset to discover that every one of her cohorts had become casualties of youngster marriage. 

"I have been having inconveniences as I have no companions to impart anything to any longer… I don't have a clue how I will keep going to classes as the solitary young lady understudy, yet I am making an effort not to surrender." 

Nargis said a nearby "intermediary" had gone to her home with a proposition to be engaged also last April. She, nonetheless, made it clear to her family that she would not wed at this point. 

Nargis' dad Abdul Khaleq disclosed to The Daily Star that numerous proposition had come for his little girl however they dismissed every one of them according to their girl's desire. 

"Our girl is presently the main young lady understudy in the class and she is battling. We are likewise baffled at the circumstance," he said. 

Nazrul Islam, father of a female truant of the school, said his little girl didn't keep learning at home after school conclusion. 

"A decent proposition to be engaged additionally showed up last May." 

Asked how and with whom the youngster had gotten hitched, the dad didn't react. 

Shamsul Alam, Kurigram region instruction official, disclosed to The Daily Star that the circumstance was comparative in numerous different schools across the area. 

"The issue is particularly obvious in schools on roasts and in line regions… We have begun an overview through educators and can before long track down the quantity of understudies missing in each school and purposes for it."