Several government schools in Ganderbal operate from sheds, officials unmoved

Sheikh Anees/ Riyaz Bhat
KANGAN: Lack of school buildings and other necessary infrastructure is turning out to be a major cause of concern for parents whose wards are enrolled in different government schools in Ganderbal.
A number of government schools in the rural areas of the district operate in rented houses, tin sheds or even in the open.
Government Primary School Kachpatri, Hariganwan, has 40 students who study in two dark rooms housed in a shack.
The school lacks all the basic facilities like matting, furniture, drinking water, toilet, playground, playing equipments etc.
“There is no other option for us as there is no school nearby. We are forced to send our children to this so called school,” a local said.
Owing to paucity of space, the teachers of this school have to teach one class at a time forcing other students to keep mum or move out in the open.
“The work to construct a new building was started in 2010. Later the work was stopped due to unknown reasons,” said Nazir Ahmad Mir, a teacher of the school.
“So be it summer or winter we have to teach the children under the open sky,” he said.
Similarly, Government Middle School Fraw is running from a tin shed for the past three years.
The school building, on busy Srinagar-Leh highway, was dismantled some three years ago for reconstruction and since then the students are studying in tin sheds.
“The extreme cold and heat during winter and summer seasons is proving too worrisome for us. The parents are continuously approaching us expressing concern but we are helpless,” said Irshad Ahmad, a teacher at the school.
“We apprised the senior functionaries in the Education Department about the problems faced by the students. However they failed to take any measure in this regard,” Irshad said.
Locals said that many government schools in the district are devoid of any proper matting and a number of schools are without any windowpanes. They said that a majority of children who are enrolled in these government schools belong to poor families hence the authorities don’t feel the pressure to take any action.
Despite repeated attempts, no official was available to comment over the issue.