In picturesque Lolab, 3 dilapidated classrooms for 100 students

The 100 odd students of this school are crammed in dilapidated and shabby three rooms and a store room.

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 18 2018 1:30AM | Updated Date: Sep 18 2018 1:30AM
In picturesque Lolab, 3 dilapidated classrooms for 100 studentsFile Photo

This government middle school is located in the picturesque Takiya Khurhama village of breathtakingly beautiful Lolab valley, but its infrastructure facilities are abysmal, pointing to the grim picture of the primary education system in Jammu and Kashmir.

The 100 odd students of this school are crammed in dilapidated and shabby three rooms and a store room. 

“Students from 5th to 8th standards are adjusted in three class rooms, while others from Kindergarten to 4th primary take their classes on veranda of the school,” said a teacher of this school of Khumriyal educational zone.

When it rains, or when it is blazing hot outside, all the students are crammed up inside in the three rooms, teachers at the school say. 

“When it rains incessantly we are forced to close the school for that day. The rainwater comes into the classrooms from the holes of rooftop,” the teacher said.

In the Khumriyal educational zone students rarely have an option of going into private schools.

Government of India has been spending crores of rupees for upgrading school infrastructure under erstwhile centrally sponsored scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), but this school has remained out of sight of the department.

The school located near Warnow-Kupwara road; however it lacks even any fencing, leaving students at risk.

“This school is without the basic facilities of library, proper toilet blocks for students and has no drinking water facility,” the teacher said.

Teachers at this school say the issue of space and non-availability of basic facilities was taken up with the concerned authorities but all in vain. 

“We didn’t receive anything except verbal assurances,” one of the teachers said, declining to be identified.

This school with nearly no infrastructure punctures a hole into the tall claims of authorities after making 2018 a year of infrastructural upgradation for educational institutions.

“This institution has become worst victim of official apathy as it has not witnessed any development since it was established in this village,” said another teacher posted in the village.

Zonal education officer (ZEO) Khumriyal admitted that this school was facing severe shortage of space and said the department has proposed a new school building block in its plan.

“We have also proposed fencing of this school and are hopeful that approval will be given in October or November,” he said.

 

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