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Govt school has no roof, room, benches, water
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:16:56 AM »
This govt school has no roof, room, benches, water

    21 Aug 2017


For over 22 years, students of Government Primary School, Field Ganj, have been braving the summer, monsoon and winter without a roof over their head. Students have to sit under a plastic sheet supported by bamboo sticks to take their lessons.

Students attending their class in the open at Government Primary School Field Ganj in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Moreover, the school does not have benches so students sit on floor mats. Neither does the school have proper drinking water facilities or toilets. The conditions in the school are not fit for students to study in.

But the authorities can’t do anything about it. This is because the case relating to school’s land is in court and no new construction can take place till the matter is sub judice. Currently, there are 39 students of Classes 1 to 5 studying in this school. There are four teachers out of which only one is regular. The others include an education provider, a Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teacher and one special training resource volunteer.

The school was established in 1929 and was running in double shifts as the number of students was 900. The school had the highest strength among 35 schools in the block earlier, but now the strength is declining as parents say that there are no facilities in the school. Last year, the school had 83 students while now it has come down to 39.

When the HT Team visited the school on Saturday, it was found that the school does not have an entrance gate or a proper boundary wall, leaving it open for anyone to enter the school premises. The team also observed that the school has no drinking water facilities due to which the midday meal cooks have to get water from nearby houses to prepare the meals. Moreover, there is no proper kitchen to prepare the midday meal.

A teacher requesting anonymity, said, “The children sit quietly be it the scorching heat or the biting cold but we know how difficult it is for them to brave these extreme conditions without proper facilities. Moreover, since there is no proper toilet in the school, students have no choice but to relieve themselves in the open.” Sources confirmed that the school has received grants worth ₹40 lakh in the last few years, but these were sent back as a court case regarding its land is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Sarabjit Singh, a parent, said, “The state government is spending crores on the functioning of meritorious schools in the state then why are they not doing anything to solve this matter in the court? If we want to uplift the level of primary education, then we need to provide at least the basic facilities to students. Students of this school are sitting on floor be it any season.”


 

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