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As winter sets in, city school classrooms poorly equipped to keep pupils warm

13 Nov 2013
Hindustan Times

The building that was established in 1958 has five classrooms that need major repair, while five need minor repair; 150 students of primary wing sit in five classrooms

LUDHIANA: Students of primary wing at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, will have to spend one more winter in chill as the classrooms here are not properly plastered and there is no proper arrangement to keep windows closed.
JS GREWAL/HT Windows of the classrooms at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, are broken and have no panes; the mid-day meal kitchen is under construction on the school premises.

There are 150 students in the primary wing who sit in five classrooms. The school was established in 1958 and has five classrooms, which need major repair, and five that need minor repair.

As temperature goes below 10 degree Celsius in winter, students would have to bear the gruelling weather in absence of adequate facilities. It would become difficult for the students to sit in the classrooms, which even dont have proper windows.

One of the teachers requesting anonymity, said, We are making all efforts as every year for proper seating arrangement of students. Windows are covered with flex boards, but there is a need to provide permanent solution to the problem. These windows need proper frames and glasses. The school building is 55-year-old and is in dire need of repair.

Talking to Hindustan Times, school principal Anoop Kumar Passi, said, I am worried about the primary wing students. I have even written to the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) to provide us funds to repair the classrooms. Moreover, we have decided that the windows will be covered with sheets temporarily, so that air cannot enter the rooms. A letter has also been written to the public works department to provide us a letter as five classrooms are unsafe and if they will declare the classrooms unsafe, then we can take further step.

Harjit Arora, member of Alumni association of the school, said, I will visit the school with other alumni members and will do the needful. Two years back we spent ` 2 lakh for the repair of classrooms in the school.

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Staff in trouble after 5 classrooms at Giaspura govt school declared unsafe
10 Mar 2015
Hindustan Times

LUDHIANA: With rain lashing the city on Sunday, Government Primary School, Giaspura staff, who had been conducting two classes in open for the past two months, had a tough time.

(From left) An unsafe classroom; and students taking a class in an unsafe classroom at Government Primary School at Giaspura in Ludhiana on Monday.

Earlier, two classrooms of the school were declared unsafe, following which two classes were being held in open. But, on Monday, public works department submitted its report declaring another three rooms as unsafe.

As five of the total ten classrooms constructed 40 years ago have been declared unsafe now, school staff is worried about conducting classes, as they have no other space to take classes.

During a visit to the school, it was found that two classes were being conducted in open. But, around 200 students were still found sitting in the unsafe classrooms. Wide cracks have appeared on the roofs, and the condition of classrooms has become deplorable.

Teachers said five classrooms that were declared unsafe were constructed at very low level from the ground due to which rain water entered the rooms and electric current passed from the room. So, to avoid any incident, the teachers conduct classes in open during rains.

A teacher, requesting anonymity, said, In Class 1, we have 100 students, and it is very difficult to accommodate them in one classroom. The weather is so unpredictable in Ludhiana that we dont know when it will start raining. During rains, we are left with five classrooms which are safe to sit, as these classrooms get filled with rain water. From next month we will face the main problem, as it will become difficult for students to sit in open in the scorching heat.

Talking to Hindustan Times, elementary district education officer Gurjot Singh said, The public works department has declared five classrooms as unsafe at government primary school-Giaspura. We have released a grant of ` 11 lakh to the school to construct new classrooms. I understand that it will be difficult for the teachers to conduct classes in open. So, unsafe classrooms will be demolished soon and we will start the construction of new classrooms at the earliest.



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