Signifying messy of affairs in education sector, a Government primary school is functioning in a building housing mechanic shops at Saida Kadal area here.
Situated in a busy street near Sultan Mohalla Saida Kadal, Government Primary English Medium School punctures the Government's much hyped rationalization of schools in the state.
The street, locally known as Rangar Stop doesn't have any feasibility of setting up a school for primary class students.
"This is amongst one of the busiest areas of the city. We fail to understand how the department decided to set up a school here in this locality," said Muhammad Abbass, a local resident of Sultan Muhalla.
The school is situated on the first floor of a building constructed in a horizontal shape. Its ground floor is occupied by mechanic shops making the spot unsuitable for a school.
The school is accommodated in one shabby hall which sans proper windows and other basic amenities. Besides the classroom, staff room, stock room and kitchen shed is accommodated in the same hall."
"This school is a blot on face of the department. The place is not fit for teaching students that too of primary classes," said another local who also lamented flawed policy of the department.
"These schools have been opened just to provide employment to influential teachers and giving rent to the locals for using their rooms," he added.
Given the pathetic conditions of the school, the inhabitants here blame government for "demeaning value of education."
"This school is an example of sorry state of affairs prevailing in the department," Abbass said.
"Authorities claim of bringing revolution in education sector but this school gives a real picture on ground. This building has no facets of being called as school," the locals said.
The school has been set up under centrally sponsored scheme SSA and according to officials it has an enrollment of seven students while the department has posted two teachers here.
"But we don't believe the number of students is seven here as we see them roaming here around our mechanic shops everyday," said a scooter mechanic who is also owner of the building.
Besides providing proper accommodation to the students, the department has also failed to provide rent to building owner.
"We are asking the authorities to provide us rent which is pending from past four years and shift these students to some suitable place," the building owner said.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Srinagar Arif Iqbal, said the department has done an in depth exercise regarding the clubbing of rented schools. "We plan to merge the school at some proper place," he said.
About the rent liability he said, "the rent is given to the schools as per the availability of funds."
CEO Srinagar said the department was facing space crunch as most of the schools are functioning in the rented accommodations. "In Srinagar, we have 219 out of 518 schools which sans government accommodations," he said.