SHOPIAN: A girls middle school in this south Kashmir district is an epitome of government’s neglect. Located in the area of Jamnagri, the school has just three rooms for about 150 girl students who face immense problems due the lack of space.
The teachers from this girls middle school said they have to accommodate over 150 students in just three rooms. “We accommodate the students of two or three classes in a single room which hamper the routine class work,” they said.
Muhammad Umar, a local undergraduate student said that teachers in the school are using the varenda space and had covered it with ply and tin sheets. “The roll of students in the school is declining day by day because of lack space. Three rooms are in no way enough for eight different classes,” he said.
A teacher working in one of the government schools in Jamnagri village wishing anonymity said: “The government has wasted crores of rupees for the construction of school buildings under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) but most of those buildings are dysfunctional after the massive drop in students roll. But government has no funds for the construction of needful class rooms for the school where there are good number of students,” he said.
Shabir Ahmad, a teacher posted at this school said that total 135 girl students were studying in the school. “Earlier the number of students was higher than this but now parents are opting for other schools as it lacks basic infrastructure,” he said.
Villagers said that besides lack of class rooms there are only two washrooms in the school which according to them were not enough for the number of students studying there.
The two schools at the Jamnagri which include government girls middle school and government high school have satisfactory rolls as compared to the other schools in the areas. The government high school of Jamnagri has 190 students despite that there are three private and public schools in the village.
Chief education officer Shopian, Muhammad Sadiq couldn’t be reached on phone despite several attempts.
Deputy commissioner Shopian, Gazanfar Ali told Kashmir Reader that he will take up the issue with chief education officer. “I will take up the issue with chief education officer Shopian and will see whether he has taken this issue with the directorate,” he said.