Baramulla: Of the three rooms at the Government Middle School (GMS) Kitchama in Baramulla district, one functions as the office, staff room, library besides serving as the classroom for 8th grade.
The school with 75 students on roll has two more rooms, one of which serves as classroom for students from kindergarten to 3rd grade while students of classes 6 and 7 use the third room. The students of class 4 study in the open, and in the veranda when it rains, while the students of class 5 use the kitchen shed.
A teacher at the school said that they are facing problems because of the paucity of space.
“This is a PCO (Pay Centre Office) school and we are also monitoring the record of two primary schools but due to the shortage of accommodation we can’t provide good education to our students and we can’t maintain the record of other two schools who are under this school,” he said.
“We have presently three teachers in this school, three other teachers are migrants who yet to join the school. Ironically, the department deployed one of our teachers to another school,” he said.
The head teacher of the school Miss Nelofar Jan said that many parents visit the school with the intention of admissions for their wards but return after finding the condition of the schools.
“We hope the education department visits our school and sees the condition,” she added.
Chief Education Officer Baramulla Mushtaq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he will look into the matter and send a proposal for construction for more rooms to higher officials. Kitchama village is located seven kilometers from the Baramulla town and was declared model village few years ago.