Pampore: Admin ignores Health Dept report, orders opening of unhygienic schools

Iqbal Kirmani

Pampore: Despite Health Department’s report of schools being not fit for the students in the saffron town in the wake of devastating flood, district administration has asked schools to remain open.
Block Medical Officer, Pampore Dr Bilques while taking to Kashmir Reader said, “We visited 76 schools in the district and more than 55 of them are not fit for the hygiene of students.”
In many places the authorities have come up with makeshift tents but they have no toilet and potable water facility. Not only have been the hygiene standards been neglected, many schools have been accommodated in single buildings leading to overcrowding.
“Merger of schools is a point of concern. The schools include government and private schools alike,” Dr Bilques said.
Defending the action of opening up the schools, Director School Education Kashmir, Mir Tariq said, “On the orders of Chief Minister, District Commissioners were asked to check the feasibility of opening the schools. The schools were re-opened as per the instructions of the concerned district authorities. Only after they gave us clearance we ordered schools to resume activities.”
Tariq said that the issue was raised in the recent court proceeding and there it was said that the decision to open the schools was taken by the district administration.
“I have ordered all the Chief Education Officers and Zonal Education Officers to take steps to disinfect the school buildings which were hit by the floods by fumigation and other methods,” he said.
“The makeshift schools are temporary adjustments and we will soon provide space for their running,” Director SEK said.