Baramulla: While the education department is often heard making claims of the quality education in government schools, most of the institutions on ground exhibit contradictions in these claims. A case in point is the Government Middle School, Janbazpora, situated only two kilometres from district headquarters of Baramulla. The school is providing just three classrooms for 95 students studying in classes from 1st to 8th standard.
“We have good staff members in the school and teachers are trying to provide their best to us, but they are too helpless,” Faizan, a student of the school told Kashmir Reader. “The school has to hold two or three classes together in a single room, which makes it difficult for us to understand the teachers’ lectures,” he said.
“There have been four rooms in this one-storey school building for decades,” a school teacher said. “One room is dedicated to office purposes besides housing library and doubling as staff room. “The other three rooms are for the students from KG to Class VIII. The KG, 1st, 2nd and 3rd standard children read in one class room; the 4th and 5th classes are in a second while the students of classes 6 and 7 are in the building’s third room. The students of Class VIII read in the veranda which the school management has covered with tin sheets,” he said.
School headmaster, Imtiyaz Ahmad, said the shortage of accommodation is cause for a plethora of problems. “I personally forwarded several letters to our higher officials. They assured looking into the matter but over the time nothing was done,” he said.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Baramulla, Abdul Latif Wani said that he would look into the matter. “I will visit the school and recommend to the government to take up the construction of more classrooms there,” the CEO said.