Baramulla: A government-run middle school in border town of Uri reopened after a long winter break but the students and teachers were forced to huddle in a building without tin roofing. The students have been forced to study in the open air school for the past four years and despite taking up the issue with the authorities, no effort has been made to cover the building.
A fast wind that blew in the area four years ago had blown away the tin roof. The schoolchildren are huddled in classrooms and have to face the vagaries of weather in absence of tin cover.
Locals said the building of Government Middle School Mothal situated near the Line of Control (LoC) was damaged in 2012 and the three-room school was left in a shambles. The department is not paying any attention towards the problem of children and teaching staff” Sajad Ahmad a local resident said.
He said following the windstorm, the occasional rain and snowfall damaged the wooden fixtures of the school. “We brought the issue into the notice of the higher-ups several times but they did not pay any heed,” he said.
“There are sixty students and three teachers in the school. The school is operational and we are teaching the students in open under blue sky but sometimes when it rains we allow them to go back to their homes,” a teacher of the school wishing not to be named said.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Baramulla Mushtaq Ahmad said that he has no such information about the damaged school. “I have no such information but I will contact to ZEO Uri and will collect its details how much money it requires. We will release some funds for the repairs. ,” he said.