Painting a grim picture of education sector, the teachers of Government Boys High School in Lar Teshil in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district are being forced to take the classes under the tin shed or in open due to inadequate accommodation.
However, the authorities had started upgrading the school building in the year 2013, which awaits competition even after passing six years thereby leaving the students as well as the teachers to suffer.
According to teachers posted in the educational institute, the construction work on the building was started in the year 2013 but the contractors carrying out the construction work abandoned it in the mid way due to some unknown reasons.
A teacher wishing anonymity told Kashmir Vision that even the first floor of the under construction school building is incomplete.
The teacher said that the school administration had pleaded several times to the higher ups in this regard but unfortunately no concrete steps has been taken so far for the wellbeing of the students as well as the teachers.
Both the teaching staff and the students said that official apathy is forcing them to face tremendous hardships.
They said that the non-availability of the basic infrastructure is resulting in the hardships.
“With the incomplete school building, we are being forced to attend classes under open sky or in tin shed, this clearly exposes the tall claims of the authorities over education sector,” students said.
Head Master, Ghulam Nabi told Kashmir Vision that they are finding it difficult to accommodate over 130 students in tin sheds. “The apathy of the authorities has affected the quality education,” Nabi added.
Meanwhile, locals said that the students suffer during the harsh winter and summer days. “The official carelessness is taking toll on the health conditions of the students during hot summer and harsh winter days,” locals said.
“The students are facing health problems due to sanitation around the school building, the institute is without fencing on one side and also lacks washrooms,” locals added.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Ganderbal, Muhammad Afzal Sheikh told Kashmir Vision that he will look into the issue at earliest.
He also assured to resolve the problem within days. “I will visit the school in coming days and will solve the problem as soon as possible,” he said.