SRINAGAR: One of the oldest schools in Srinagar, Government Boys High School Bemina, is running from 4 rooms of a rented building that belongs to the nearby masjid.
The rooms, teachers at the school say, are occasionally used by local people for organizing different events.
“Whenever there are marriages or other such events, we vacate the classroom to make space for them. This property belongs to Auqaf committee and we cannot go against their decisions,” said one of the teachers wishing anonymity.
Teachers say that during such events, tents are erected for chefs to cook in the ground where students play.
Another teacher said that on occasions like marriage, the whole place is littered with heaps of garbage. “We have to spent money from our pockets to clean the place,” he said. “On a previous occasion, the director (school education) suspended all the teachers for leaving the school unclean. He didn’t care to know about the reason.”
The school holds combined classes because of shortage of space. “Sometimes we hold classes outside when it is sunny. That is when we can teach them properly and also get their response,” said a teacher. A group of students added, “The high school has no computer lab, library and laboratory.”
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Director of School Education G N Itoo said, “We have informed all the Zonal Education Officers to submit the reports about schools operating in rented accommodations in a week so that we can give them proper space.”