Shopian: Established in 1966, a vital government school at Dangarpora village in Turkwangam hamlet of district Shopian has been without its own building since its establishment. The rented space provided by the authorities is too small and lacking in basic infrastructure.
Education Department insiders told Kashmir Reader that this school was established over fifty years ago as a primary school without any building at all. Forty-five years later, the school was upgraded to middle school in 2011 but again without its own building.
Teachers deputed in this school said that their hard work goes waste since the parents are not willing to send their wards to this school because of the lack of infrastructure here. “Despite lack of own building and infrastructure, we raised the roll of students from 16 to 52 in two years through counselling but we too are clueless when parents ask for school building,” Ravi Ji Bhat, the school’s headmaster, said.
A teacher from the school told Kashmir Reader that there are children of government officials – including academicians, teachers and other high ranking officials – studying at the school. “We have a rented building with four rooms as there are nine classes, a single bathroom and no kitchen facility for mid-day meals (MDM), which is heavily hampering the normal school work,”he said.
Ghulam Muhammad, an elderly villager from Dangarpora told Kashmir Reader that all the previous governments abandoned their area in terms of education sector.” There were dozens such schools which were established some 20 years but now has been upgraded to higher secondaries and see our school it didn’t got a building as 54 years of its establishment has passed,” he said while demanding sanction of building for the school.
A locl resident, Suhail Ahmad, said that several schools in Shopian are dysfunctional even after the completion of their buildings, but this school has played a good role but no building was ever sanctioned for it.
Teachers deputed in the school said that they were forced to put two or three different classes in a single room which, according to them, hampers the normal class work. They added that teachers often conduct the classes under the open sky.
Chief Education Officer, Shopian, Muhammad Sadiq told Kashmir Reader that no information about such a school had been brought to his notice by any official. “I will seek a report from the concerned Zonal educational officer, then I will see why there is no building for this school,” he said.