Valley News Desk


Umar Raina

Ganderbal, Nov 20, KNT: Amid chill students are forced to take ‘smart classes’ under open sky in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

The students enrolled in Government Middle School Zirpora Kullan village of Gund tehsil of Kangan attend class in open sky due to dilapidated school building.

Established in the year 2000, the school was upgraded from Primary to Middle in 2012 under SSA central sponsored scheme. The school is without Head Master from past 3 years while out of 8 teachers, 4 had been transferred and no replacement was made.

Locals said that that there are only 3 class-rooms for 94 students. This single storey building is in dilapidated condition. No efforts were made to renovate it despite repeated requests from parents and locals of the area.

“Our children are suffering due to callous attitude of authorities. Due to heavy snowfall, the roof the school building collapsed last year. Students sit at homes whenever it rains,” said a local Panch told KNT adding that even a playground is not available for the unfortunate students.

Fakeer Muhammad Bhat said that he offered his land for the construction of this school but is feeling sorry now. “I was promised a job. Leave aside the job, even students are not being taken care of,” the specially challenged Bhat said adding that he gets Rs 200 monthly to take care of the school.

The locals appealed the Director Education and CEO Ganderbal to mitigate the sufferings of the students. (KNT)

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