By Insha Latief
Budgam: Despite being one of the oldest schools in the district, the Government Boys Middle School Budgam uses mats for seating students. “This is (the) oldest school and must have benches for students to sit. Even the students who come here for examination sit on floor in harsh winters,” Zareena Shah, headmaster of the school said, adding that the school is at least 50 year old.
“Teachers who teach here have studied from the same school,” she said.
However, according to the school staff, the major problem the school faces is the lack of a proper fencing. “Anyone from road comes in and roams around the school. It is open to any stranger,” Masrat, a teacher said. The lack of fencing has turned the only functional washroom in the school into a public utility, the staff said. The school also has more toilets which are defunct. A library and a computer lab are still a distant dream for the school, while it even lacks a playground. Rain water also leaks from the roof of the shed which serves as the kitchen.
“In government schools, teachers are experts but when we don’t have good infrastructure, how would we get students. They would prefer to go to private schools,” said Zareena adding that many students bunk the school during winters because of harsh cold.
“If we had heating facility in winters, it would have been better,” she said.