GANDERBAL: In this scorching summer heat, the students of Government Middle School Fraw are studying in a tin shed owing to the indolence of state’s education department.
Belying the tall claims of the government about up-gradation of infrastructure and providing of basic facilities in the schools of rural areas, the school, with over 140 students and six teachers, in tehsil Gund of Ganderbal district lacks a proper school building as well a toilet.
The school was upgraded to middle level in the year 2004 without any infrastructural up-gradation.
The teachers of the school said that they have been operating in a tin shed for the last four years. The land, surrounded by many hot-mix plants, on which the shed has been erected, belongs to Power Development Corporation not the education department.
“The school exposes the students to harsh weather conditions in both summers and winters,” a teacher said.
The school, despite being located on Srinagar-Leh highway and frequented by many senior officials of the government each year during Amarnath yatra, has failed to garner the attention of the authorities.
Another teacher said that the classrooms remain jam-packed and the students often feel suffocation in the rooms, particularly during the summers.
“The students are always seen struggling to cope in these classrooms and are not able to concentrate on their studies,” the teacher said.
“We are tired of giving assurances to the wards of these children that proper facilities will be provided sooner or later. The authorities have not been able to attend to this school,” the teacher said.
Sarpanch of the area, Shabir Ahmad Bhat said that the school also lacked a lavatory.
“The students, particularly the girls and staff members, are facing tremendous inconvenience due to non-availability of lavatory,” he said adding that they have to visit the nearby fields to answer the nature’s call.
“We apprised the senior functionaries of the education department about the problem. However they failed to take any action,” the Sarpanch said.
Despite repeated attempts, Chief Education Officer Ganderbal could not be reached for a comment.