Govt Primary school New Colony functions in shed

Students suffer, authorities mute

Where does money for educational infrastructure go?

KHALID GUL

BIJBEHARA: Belying tall claims of the Government of providing quality infrastructure and education to students, a Primary school here functions in a makeshift shed.
 The Government Primary School New Colony area of Bijbehara town here sans basic infrastructure including building causing immense inconvenience to the students. In absence of the building, around 25 students enrolled in the school are forced to study in the shed—braving cold weather conditions.
 The parents of the students mince no words to accuse the Education department of failing to provide basic infrastructure for the school.
 “This school has been totally neglected by the Education department. Our wards suffer as they have to study in the shed and sometimes even in open. We are too poor to educate our wards in private schools. We had many times apprised the concerned officials to construct building for the school. But our requests met with deaf ears,” they said.
 “We want to know where do crores of rupees meant for building educational infrastructure in Kashmir go?. We demand a probe into the matter,” they said. 
 As this was not enough, a 250 KVA transformer has been installed barely a meter from the shed putting lives of the students at risk.
 The locals said that the transformer was actually located over hundred meters away from the school. “However an influential person got it shifted and installed right next to the school. Ironically the Power Development Department obliged a close relative of a politician from an opposition party in this case. PDD has put our wards at risk. If any mishap involving the transformer happens, the PDD will be responsible for it,” they said.
 Teachers are aghast over inaction of the authorities on the matter.
 “We have time and again raised the issue with the higher authorities however nothing has been done to safeguard the students,” said a group of teacher of the school wishing anonymity.
 “In absence of school building the students face many problems and they cannot concentrate on their studies,” they said.
 When contacted the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Islamabad (Anantnag) Abdul Ahad acknowledged the problem.
  “Actually we don’t have land available for the school. I will seek report from the concerned Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) and then see what we can do about the matter,” the CEO said
 The PDD officials however feigned ignorance about presence of the transformer near the school.
 “I have no knowledge about the matter. As you have brought this into our notice I will ask the concerned AEE to look into the matter,” said Executive Engineer PDD, Bijbehara Division, Muneeb Ahmad

Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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