Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Baramulla: With barely any space to run from, Government Middle School (GMS), Wansiran, in Sheeri area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, has only two rooms to accommodate the 50 students enrolled with it.
Classes for eight standards are taken in the rooms, one of which is used as an office.
Students of the school said they are facing immense hardship due to the school’s lack of infrastructure. “The school management is helpless, what they can do when there are only two classrooms and all the school equipment is also in these rooms?” said the students.
Locals told Kashmir Reader that their wards’ studies were being badly hit due to the lack of infrastructure.
Located next to forests, the school has lots of issues, said the parents of children studying here, like its lack of a playground and of even any fencing. Anyone can enter the school premises without need for permission, they said. Residents also blame the Zonal Education Officer (ZEO), Fatehgarh, and the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Baramulla, for their negligence because they have never visited the school even once. Residents added that they have moved from pillar to post to draw attention to their plight, but have never been able to find any relief.
Yasir Hameed, a Class 8 student, said, “We have been taught all subjects here in one classroom. There is so much chaos that we cannot concentrate on our studies. Our school has only three classrooms of which one is utilised for office purpose, and it affects our education.”
Arshad Ahmad Bhat, a local resident, said that the village is very backward and is “ignored every time by the government”. He further added, “It is very unfortunate that our district administration is nowhere in this race.
“Despite tall claims by the Education department of providing better facilities to government-run schools, our school still lacks basic amenities and infrastructure.”
The school’s headmaster, Bashir Ahmad, acknowledged that the school has been facing lots of problems due to lack of space to accommodate it and hence it could not provide proper education to its students.
“There are three classes in just one classroom and that too at one time. It results in chaos, confusion, and noise,” he rued.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, ZEO, Fatehgarh, said he would look into the matter and discuss it with the Baramulla MLA and the district CEO.
Baramulla CEO Abdul AhadGanai said, “It is not possible to build a building within days. However, I will get the report from concerned ZEO.”