Hajin: The Government Primary School, Syed Mohallah Hajin situated just half a kilometre from Zonal Education Office Hajin is in shambles.
With 45 students enrolled, the school runs from three rooms forcing the teachers to club the classes together.
“We have to accommodate six classes in three rooms and also have to accommodate the school equipments,” a teacher at the school said.
Apart from the paucity of space, the students say they can’t spent entire day at the school as it lacks even a toilet. There is no playground for students to play, and the small lawn of the school lacks a compound wall.
Mohammad Aqib, a student, said the teachers were dedicated enough but holding two or more classes in one room causes distractions.
The KG, 1st, 2nd and 3rd standard children take classes in one room, the 4th and 5th grade students in another.
Another student, Nighat, told Kashmir Reader that they have to sit on torn mats in the classrooms as the authorities didn’t provide desks to students. She added that even teachers had no comfortable chairs to sit on.
“Besides this we have no boundary wall for the school and no washroom. The lack of basic facilities in schools has negative impact on the studies,” she said.
Another student said that he wishes to play during breaks but cannot as there is no playground in the school. A small lawn in front of school is without a wall or fencing, he said.
Foul smell emanates from cow dung piled up villagers nearby.
Local residents said the authorities have not constructed a toilet for the school even as they made a lot of noise about Swach Bharat Mission.
There are three rooms in this one-storey school building constructed a decade ago, a school teacher said. One room is dedicated for office.
Another teacher told Kashmir Reader that they have forwarded several letters to the Zonal head but all in vain.
ZEO Hajin, Nisar Ahmad, admitted that the school lacks a toilet
and assured to build one within days.
Asked about the playground, he said the school lacks land.