Waterlogged surrounding filled with garbage make children ill frequently
Sopore: Established in 2006 under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme, the Government Primary School at Warpora-a village near Sopore-is running from three rooms, which are in a dilapidated condition, while a surrounding plot has turned into a pond with rainwater and heaps of garbage.
Headmaster Javeed Ahmad said the school has 150 students enrolled from Nursery to Class 6, but only six teachers.
“Most of the time we teach them in the small lawn outside and on the veranda. When it rains, we either have to teach in wet classrooms or have to keep the school closed till the rain stops,” Javeed Ahmad said.
Since it was established, the school has not seen any renovation or upgradation and is in a dilapidated condition.
Ahmad said a plot of land adjacent to the school, which is kahcharaie (common land), remains filled with dirty water and heaps of solid waste including dead dogs making the school children susceptible to diseases. The plot is also full of dogs posing another threat to children.
“It has made spending time in the school for teachers and students very challenging; we have to keep the windows and doors of classrooms shut,” a teacher said.
Ahmad said they left no stone unturned to apprise the higher authorities about the condition of the school, “but our requests have gone unattended.”
Local residents attest that the plot adjacent to school always remains full of water and has attained the shape of a pond. Sewage and solid waste is also dumped in the “pond”, leading to an unbearable stench.
The resident said the school should have been upgraded and renovated by now, and wanted director school education to take cognizance.
Chief Education Officer Baramulla, Abdul Ahad Ganai, told Kashmir Reader that he would send a team to the school to get proper feedback.
“I will look into this problem and take action,” he said.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Sopore, Ashiq Hussain did not respond to repeated call by this correspondent.