As forces leave, schools look at the damages left behind

Insha Latief
SRINAGAR: Government forces on Sunday vacated from four schools they were still occupying in Srinagar since April 3 in view of the parliamentary polling in Srinagar.
As the forces left, the school management of Government Higher Secondary School Nishat, Government Middle

School Gagribal, Government Girls School Drogjan and National School Karan Nagar are complaining of the damages left behind.
“They wanted a No Demand Certificate but I clearly told them that they have done lot of damage and cannot get that. They have created havoc in the school building,” principal of one of the school said.
Khurshid Ahmed Rather, Principal, Government Middle School Gagribal said the school needs to be made fit for students first.
“Because of the strike, sweepers won’t be available today. The cleaning process of school will start from tomorrow. Only then the school will be able to look like an educational institute.”
Parvaiz Ali, Principal, Government Girls School Drogjan said, “The students will come tomorrow and again they have to face disappointment because cleaning of the school will be in process. It won’t be good to send them back to homes because already lot of time has been wasted.”  Ali said that while the school was used as polling booth regularly, this time additional forces were stationed there. “It was a sort of transit camp,” he said.
In National Public School, Karan Nagar the classes were littered with garbage, wrappers and empty whiskey bottles.
“The furniture is damaged and they have kept their latrine point here in the ground. The gate of the school has also got damaged and the board was also taken out and kept at the side,” said Abdul Aziz, Principal of the school.
“On one side, the government talks about the better future of students and on other side, they put army in school. This is dichotomy of the government. They are using education for their own ends,” he said.
Aziz has written to the District Commissioner Srinagar, SSP Srinagar, directorate of School Education and concerned SHO about the condition of school.
Earlier, Minister for Education Altaf Bukhari had told Kashmir Reader that officers will list the damages done to various schools by government forces.