The students of government primary school Bangidar-Gutroo here in Pulwama district have become the victims of a controversy between the landowner and the authorities.
The landowner on whose land the school building wasconstructed locked it on Saturday citing authorities failure to provide him orany of his family members a job which was "promised to him in lieu of theland".
According to a source, the landowner Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh, aresident of Gutroo village, has provided land for the school building on thepromise by the authorities that he or any of his family members will be given ajob. However, no job was given to them.
The building is closed along with all the records, forcingthe students and the teachers to continue schooling in the old building.
The school was constructed in 2007 when the landownerprovided the land.
"Our children are being forced to take classes in the oldbuilding which faces space crunch. The height is that the department is nottaking any interest to either make a separate arrangement for the students orsort out the matter with the landowner. The future of our students is atstake," said a local Shabir Ahmad.
The school has 87 students and majority among them comesfrom the schedule tribes and schedule castes.
A source inside the school told Greater Kashmir that schoolbuilding was locked by landowner on Saturday.
The owner, he said, accused the school authorities of notfulfilling his demand of providing him a job which was assured to him 12 yearsback in 2007.
Officials assured the matter will be resolved soon. "The ZEOconcerned has written to the chief education officer to resolve the matter,"said an official.