By Nazima Sidiq
Srinagar: Two decades after a middle school was established at Safakadal in old Srinagar in a rented building, the authorities have failed to install proper washroom facility much to the inconvenience of the students and staff. The school lacks proper infrastructure to cater to the needs of enrolled 72 students including girls and five members of the staff.
Under the SSA scheme, the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has made mandatory provision of eight basic facilities in schools including separate toilets for boys and girls, electricity, playground, ramps, library, compound wall and drinking water.
“We use same toilet for boys as well as girls. There is one ramshackle toilet for students and another for staff in the school. The washroom is so unhygienic that students prefer to avoid going there,” Asiya Jan, a student of class VIII said.
Students can’t concentrate on their studies as their basic facilities are missing.
The other facilities at the school are quite unthinkable. “When we have no electricity, there is no computer. My cousins study at a private school, they often talk of computers but we don’t know what they mean by it,” another student Iram said.
Worse, the school has no sweeper. The staff contributes to pay for a sweeper who occasionally sweeps the premises.
“The government could not provide a sweeper for the school. We have hired a sweeper on our own contributions. She comes when school is off. We have sent proposals many a times in this regard but nothing happened,” Nighat Alah, headmaster of the school said.
By Nazima Sidiq