Junaid Nabi Bazaz
SRINAGAR: The reconstruction of all high and higher secondary government schools, which were damaged in the last year’s floods in Srinagar, will take at least one academic session, director education Kashmir Showkat Beigh said.
However, Beigh told Kashmir Reader, that repairs of the damaged primary and middle schools will be completed by October 2015.
“Primary and middle schools do not need much infrastructure so it will take less time but high and higher secondary need a lot of infrastructure which will take one academic session. And in this regard, we have started a process and are preparing a detailed project report. Once that is completed we will start their reconstruction soon,” the director said.
Asked why the department did not begin reconstruction earlier, as the floods hit six months ago, the director said, “It got delayed due to some problems.”
As per the initial assessment report of damaged schools, which was conducted in October last year by the state administration, 63 out of 222 schools in the city were found to be unsafe. About 59 of them were then temporarily shifted to nearby schools, the director said.
The schools, where the students from damaged schools had been shifted, are facing space crunch. In Rainawari zone, three schools—two-middle and one upper primary— were shifted to the Boys High School Rainawari.
In another school in the same area, a middle and a primary school were shifted to the Primary School Naiydar Payeen.
In Zaldagar, Srinagar, Nishat and Gulabagh zones, 8, 10, 5 and 10 schools respectively were declared unsafe.
The education department data says 63 schools had been declared entirely unsafe. Eleven buildings, which were part of a few schools, had also been declared unsafe. But these partially damaged schools are functioning in other buildings that are safe and intact.
Amira Kadal Higher secondary school is one of them. One of its five buildings was declared unsafe in the initial assessment. However its principal, Romana Qazi, told Kashmir Reader a second assessment had been carried out but its report is yet to come.
Qazi’s concern is that if another building is declared unsafe, she many have to curtail admission to some courses for the next academic session.