23 children at risk in ramshackle school building

Pampore: A small dank room in a ramshackle building is where 23 students go for primary school at Tengwani Mohalla, Khrew, in south Kashmir’s Pampore. Fearing more the building falling on their heads than concentrating on what they have to study, the little children have nowhere else to go to because their parents are too poor to send them to another school.
Established under the central government’s scheme of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, the school has seen little attention from the education department for the 13 years of its existence. The parents of the schoolkids say that they are risking the lives of their children by putting them in such a shaky building.
“A single jolt of earthquake will bring the whole building down. There are already massive cracks in it,” said Asmat Jan, whose two children are studying in the school. She cursed her poverty which has compelled her to send her children to this school.
The teachers mentioned that two students had left the school for the reason that the building was too risky.
Fayaz Ahmad, member of the village education committee, said that the education department instead of relocating the school was always asking for land from the committee itself.
“The school can be clubbed with the high school at Khrew, but the officials are not serious about this school,” Fayaz said.
Director of school education, Kashmir, Shah Faesal assured that the children would be shifted to a nearby school soon.
“I have directed the chief education officer Pulwama to shift the students to another school that falls in its vicinity,” said the director.

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