Flood-damaged Narbal school yet to be reconstructed, students suffer

JAVID ALI
NARBAL: The education department has failed to repair a school in Narbal damaged in September 2014 floods forcing the students to take classes in a nearby Imambara.
Residents said that the floods last year damaged a major portion of government school at Gagarpora, Narbal.
Following the damage, the teachers of the school started taking classes of the students in a nearby Imambara.
The teachers said that the new place was not suitable for teaching-learning process, besides it does not have facilities like toilet, kitchen and an office for teachers.
They said that many children have discontinued their studies owing to the poor facilities.
The school authorities said that many of the students don’t turn up for the classes as they have to face several problems to reach the venue.
Headmistress of the school, Shamima Akhter said that the damaged school building needed immediate restoration.
She said that the chief education officer of the area visited the site and acknowledged the need of the building repair.
“But till date there is no progress on the repairing and cleaning of the building,” she said.
Zonal education officer, Narbal, Nazir Ahmad Lone said that the restoration of the building was pending because of the paucity of the funds.
“The engineers examined the building structure and declared it unsafe. The structure could not be repaired due to shortage of funds,” he said.​