Baramulla: Eight years passed since the Department of Education upgraded Government Primary School at Galibal, Baramulla, to Government Middle School. But till date, the upgraded school is yet to get a building that can accommodate its 58 students and staff.
The building from which the school is currently operating has only three classrooms.
Javid Ahmad, the school’s headmaster, told Kashmir Reader that the Department of Education started the middle school in the same building that housed the primary school established in 2000 in Galibal village of zone Kandi.
Simultaneously, he said, the construction of a new building was also started. The construction was completed in 2013, but the building collapsed in the same year, he said.
“Then, the government totally forgot about it,” the headmaster said. “We are still teaching our students in the rented four room building in which one room is used as office and the others are classrooms.”
“We have to teach our students in lawns, and it makes their education suffer in times of bad weather. There isn’t even a bathroom for staff and students, including females.”
The owner of the school building, Sajad Ahmad, said the department has not paid him rent for years.
“I provided my property to the department on rent only for a limited period, but for years now the department hasn’t paid me any rent,” he said. “There were more than one hundred students enrolled in the school when it was upgraded, but the number has declined drastically due to the lack of facilities.”
The chief education officer (CEO) concerned, Mushtaq Ahmad, he would visit the school to look into the issue.
“I have no knowledge about the school, but I promise I will visit the school personally. If possible, we will renovate the damaged building. Else, a new building will be constructed for the school,” he said.