Srinagar: The Chief Education Officer in Srinagar has received formal complaints from various school heads on account of damages caused to their premises by the government forces during temporary occupation of the buildings during parliamentary by-poll
“The schools have submitted their complaints in writing. They have also submitted the photographs of the damages. Some complaints were received through phone calls also and some are yet to submit the reports of damages,” Arif Iqbal Malik, CEO Srinagar said.
He said the damages were done by the government forces as well as the anti-poll civilians who targeted the school buildings.
Heads of some schools have also registered FIRs in concerned police stations against the government forces for the damages.
Malik said, “In various schools, the window panes were broken, washrooms were blocked and the whole place was littered with garbage”.
The reports will be forwarded to Divisional Commissioner for necessary action that includes release of compensation to ractify the damages.
The school officials had already done the cleaning process with their own funds. “Time and again, education sector faces loss. To avoid wastage of more time, schools should be restored as soon as possible,” Aijaz Ahmad, a teacher said.
Interestingly, the exclusive schools for girls have suffered the most because the school heads have no funds available. “The stae government has waived off fee for the girl students. As a result there is transaction in these schools and the school heads are unable to cvarry out any restoration work,” headmaster of a Girls School said.
“We could have started some restoration work with our own funds but we don’t have money, not even for the maintenance of school.”
Several schools in the city were occupied by the government forces in the first two weeks of April on eve of the parliamentary polls held on Aporil 9. The elections were marred by violence as the government forces shot dead nine anti-poll protesters.