By Raashid Hassan
Shopian: The school premises at Trez village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district have been converted into a garbage dump by the neighbourhood villagers. On agitating the issue by the schoolteachers, unknown persons damaged the window panes of the school when the staff was not around.
Headmaster of government girls middle school Trenz, Khursheed Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that some unknown persons damaged about five windows, a dozen window panes and other property. “It has become a regular phenomenon that some unknown persons come and damage the school property. We brought the issue into the notice of authorities but no action was taken. We demand police action against the culprits,” he said.
The school officials said that the neighbourhood residents usually throw their rubbish into the school premises and even some people have diverted their drains towards the school grounds. “We failed to stop the villagers from the practice through counseling. Now, we have requested the chief education officer to take action but nothing has been done so far,” Ahmad added.
A staff member said that they know the persons who were hell-bent upon damaging the school property. If the authorities ask us to reveal their names, we would,” he said.
Worse, a water-supply pipeline is passing through the school premises into the neighbourhood dwellings. The pipe is leaking but the public health engineering department officials did not pay any heed to fix the problem despite reminders by the school staff..
Chief education officer Shopian Mohammad Sadiq said that tomorrow he will visit the school and will take stock of school condition there.
“Strict action will be taken against the persons who had damaged the school property. We can even contact the police department for necessary action,” he said.