The government high school at Bagna village of Chandanwari zone in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district has three rooms and 180 students. Of the three rooms, one serves as office and two others as classrooms.
This government school in remote village has not seen any infrastructure development since its establishment. The school depicts the grim scenario of the education sector in the J&K state.
“During summer months, the lower class students take their classes on veranda or in the open. But during inclement weather, we have to adjust all the students in the available accommodation,” said a teacher, wishing not to be named.
He said the school continues with the same accommodation as was sanctioned at the time of its establishment. “The school doesn’t have sufficient space to take classes even in the open.”
Besides classrooms, the school has no library or laboratory for secondary class students. “We have purchased some books but they have been kept in a locker. Some laboratory apparatus are also packed in a separate locker as we don’t have space for the laboratory,” the teacher said.
“The school was upgraded from middle to high level earlier this year but it doesn’t have adequate space to accommodate classes up to 8th standard,” an official who deals with the upgradation of the schools, said.
The school was upgraded to high-level on the basis of the catchment area and the student population but the infrastructure upgradation of the institution has been put at the backburner.
“The existing two-roomed building and single office room were constructed more than a decade ago when the school was established as primary school under erstwhile SSA scheme,” the official said.
The building was damaged during the 2005 earthquake and the department did some repairs by filling the cracks developed in aftermath of the quake. “Some years ago, the school was upgraded to middle level but no additional accommodation was sanctioned for it,” the official said.
The newly posted chief education officer (CEO) Baramulla said a team will be sent to the school to take stock of the situation. “We will find out a way to overcome the problem,” he assured.