Locals say govt failed to shift the school despite promises
Kangan: Students and teachers of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Kangan are facing hardships for lack of sufficient space and basic facilities at the school.
Located in the busy market in Kangan town of Ganderbal district, the school management finds it difficult to accommodate some 500 students in the two-storey building.
The school was upgraded to higher secondary level in 2004, but 14 years on, the school remains without basic facilities and infrastructure.
According to local residents, absence of basic facilities at the school is forcing a number of students from below poverty Line (BPL) to either discontinue their schooling or to get enrolled in private schools.
“We have requested the authorities several times to enhance the infrastructure of this school and also asked for couple of toilets to be built here, but so far no step has been taken in this regard. In the times of stiff competition when others are competing over the quality of education, our kids are still struggling to even get the basic needs fulfilled,” a local resident said.
Other residents said the school has just one laboratory for practical lessons in science subjects, lacks a playground and separate toilets for students and teachers.
“The toilets which are functional always remain dirty as there is no sweeper in the school,” they said.
With eight female and 15 male teachers the school doesn’t have a staff room and the principal office functions from a very small room.
Residents said the school has high enrolment and teachers cannot manage to take classes in congested classrooms.
Sometimes teachers take classes under the open sky owing to the space constraints in the school, they said.
Residents said the issue of space crunch at the school was discussed at a district board meeting in Ganderbal in 2016, as well as the CM’s public grievance camp in 2017, and the government “decided to shift the school to other available buildings in the town but till date nothing was done on ground”.
The residents and students appealed Chief Minister to look into the matter.