It may sound weird but it is true, over past some months the lone Government Higher Secondary School of this hilly town is catering as favorite venue for holding functions other then related to educational activities.
Sources said that school premises is being indiscriminately used by the political, social and government agencies for holding different types of programmes. "However suspense prevails over who in the administration is giving permission to the organizers to barge into the school premises and organize functions of their choice" they said.
While the education department is unmoved by the development, the issue has left the students high and dry as their studies are getting badly affected.
The only Higher Secondary School in the District Headquarter town has a huge strength of 900 boys and girls students.
"Height of the problem can be gauged from the fact that organizers beat drums and use Public Address System during these functions", students told Greater Kashmir.
They said that hardly any week passes without a function being held in the school premises adding "It (school premises) is being used and utilized for organizing, conducting all type of social, cultural and even political activities".
Citing specific instances, they said a wrestling competition was organized by the army in the school recently that continued for five days.
"In utter violation of rules of conduct, RSS also held a function in the school ground when its activists took out its Sanchalan rally on the eve of Dusheera" they said.
As the practice is going on unabated, the parents of students and civil society members have expressed strong resentment over the insensitivity of the authorities for disrupting the academic calendar and ignoring the loss of studies of the students.
A social activist, while expressing surprise over nonchalant approach of the authorities, said no one knows who in the administration was granting permission to the organizers for organizing functions in School premises.
"The commotion created by these events is not only affecting the studies of the students, but the patients in the district hospital located in the vicinity are also on receiving end" he added.
Whishing not to be named, a retired Principal of education department said although extra curriculum activities are part and parcel of modern education system but compromise on academic calendar would certainly dent the studies of the students.
Despite repeated calls, Chief Education Officer Ramban Muhammad Shrief Chouhan could not be contacted as he had put his cell phone on call diversion mode.