Sopore: The upgraded higher secondary school in Botengoo village of Sopore is deprived of basic infrastructure and facilities. Though the school has been established around nine decades ago, it has not been developed according to the requirements of changing times.
Locals said the school has been established in 1930’s as a primary school and later upgraded to run classes upto 10th standard. In 2007, the school was further upgraded to higher secondary level but the infrastructure has deteriorated rather than showing any improvement.
The headless school is operating sans basic facilities and adequate infrastructure.
The school’s in-charge principal Mohammad Shafi Peer said the school has one small building with ten rooms to accommodate 600 students.
“It is affecting the quality of education at the school. Teachers are constrained to take alternate classes as only five classrooms are available. While a classroom remains occupied, other students have to wait outside, he said.
He said the school is confronting multiple issues including one that is threatening the life of students and staff.
“A 33000-watt high tension electricity wire is hovering over the school ground. It can turn life threatening. We have pleaded with the authorities to divert the transmission line but the concerned department flatly refused to act on our plea,” he said.
A senior engineer of the Power Development Department said that his department has not received a formal complaint related to the issue. “As soon as I receive a complaint, a swift action would be taken,” he said.
Worse, in the clamour of privacy and toilet facilities, the school boasts just one washroom for 600 students.
Haji Nisar Ahmad, a local resident whose daughter is enrolled in the school told Kashmir Reader that the school building was burnt down by some unidentified men in 1992 and it was only with the help of locals a new small building was raised. He said the old building is still in the sorry state even as the building has been declared unsafe.
Inayat Ahmad, who teaches chemistry, told Kashmir Reader that the school does not possess laboratory for conducting practicals of physics, chemistry, biology and other subjects. The same story is related to the library of the school.
“Students suffer in many ways in this institution. We are starting winter coaching classes for 9th and 10th but cannot afford to give coaching to 11th and 12th standard students due to the lack of space”, Peer said.
Chief Education Officer Baramulla Abdul Ahad Ganaie told Kashmir Reader that he would take up this issue personally and will try to solve the problems as soon as possible.