Here, a teacher's house serves as school building

Started in 2008, Government Primary School Narala in Mankote area of Mendhar is being run from the house of a teacher as the government has failed to construct a building.

Details with Greater Kashmir revealed that at present, GPS Narala has twenty kids enrolled in it and the government has posted two teachers. The construction of a building complex for the school, comprising of three rooms, was started in 2009 at an estimated cost of Rs 4.4 lakhs.

“The construction was started in 2009, but has still not been completed. Only the walls were constructed and the building has since been left as it is. It still does not have a roof,” the locals said, adding, “One can imagine the level of official apathy and government’s callous attitude by the fact that an 11-year-old school continues to function without a building.”

The locals claimed to have informed the concerned authorities repeatedly, but “nothing has been done yet”.

The locals further claimed to have lodged a complaint in the anti-corruption bureau to probe the utilisation of funds. “The complaint was never taken to the logical conclusion,” they alleged.

On being contacted, chief education officer, Poonch, Vijay Bhagat, said, “The issue regarding the suspension of construction work of the building is an old issue, but a team will be sent to the area to access the situation so that best possible arrangements can be made for the students.”