Nestled amid towing pine trees in Sangrarwani’s Chaichi Mohalla in Pulwama district is a school for around 80 students of six classes which has just two rooms for teaching them.
Consequently, in this Government Primary School education for the students belonging to the disadvantaged Gujjar community obviously suffers a huge deal.
“More than 80 children from kindergarten to fifth standard are crammed into two classrooms owing to which their education badly suffers,” said Mohammad Hussain, a local resident and member of Village Committee(VC).
Hussain said that they brought the matter to the notice of concerned authorities umpteen times but to no avail.
“From last more than two years, we have been visiting the authorities at both zonal as well as district level but barring a few assurances nothing has been done so far,” Hussain said.
The school was established in 2009 and enrollment of students swiftly went up over the first two to three years.
“But both the space and strength of teachers remained the same. The school has just three teachers to teach more than 80 students” Hussaid added.
Mohammad Iqbal, another local resident said that there was also a threat of soil erosion from the rear side of the school building and authorities were many times requested to construct a bund, but that too has not happened endagering safety of the children.
“There is also a single toilet for both the male and female students,” Iqbal complained.
Another resident said the students belonged to economically weaker section of society and they could hardly afford to send their children to nearby private institutions.
Aqib Yaqoob, a student of standard five told Greater Kashmir that the school children sometimes attended their classes under the open skies.
Another student complained that multiple grades were squeezed into a single classroom which made it impossible for the children to concentrate on learning.
“There is always a mess in our classroom. Some try learning lessons aloud, some do maths, while some disc uss general knowledge at the same time.”
Chief Education Officer Pulwama, Nasim Ul Gani told Greater Kashmir that the construction of two additional rooms had been kept in the next year’s plan.
“Meantime we will make some temporary arrangement for the students,” Gani said.