Guru Sakya Monastery Ghoom
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Brief history of school

This school was established in the year 1969 with the help of Sakya Tsechu association. The name (Kunga School) was kept by the Tibetan professor of St. Joseph's college of Darjeeling named Ven. Ngawang Jinpa. The name Kunga was derived from (Sachen Kunga Ngingpo) one of the five great masters of the Sakya sect. The main aim for the establishment of this school was to provide Tibetan education basically to the Tibetan refugees and especially the children who came from Tibet after the Chinese occupation. During those times only two classes were conducted per day following schedule: Tibetan before noon and English in the afternoon.  In 1976 the government of India merged the school under the Central Tibetan Administration and the school was to follow the rules and regulations as laid by the administration. As a result the school could not observe the rules of the administration because earlier the school used to impart education both to the monks and enthusiast from the common section of the society and as a consequence the discontent prevailed among monks as they could not balance their study and religious practices. This situation compelled the administrators of the monastery to establish separate school for the monks. However till 1989 the monastery was unable to provide complete educational facilities to the monks because of acute financial crises and lack of expertise in the field. Since 1990 by the unanimous decision of all the monks the monastery has set up a permanent school providing its students with quality education and exposing them to different modern subjects but this could not have been possible without the untiring effort from both the teachers and the administrators of the school. But with change of time and an increase in the prices of nearly all the products and necessary items it is becoming hard for the monastery to run the school properly. The monastery is finding hard even to pay the salary of its faculty members. Above all the monastery has to look after the basic amenities of life which is becoming dearer with the passage of time.

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