This Pampore school shuts every time it rains

This Pampore school shuts every time it rains
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Locals threaten of locking it, if waterlogging problem not resolved

PAMPORE: As soon as Meteorological Department predicts rainfall, the class work at Government Primary School Herpora, Samboora in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district is suspended as little precipitation causes waterlogging of the school compound due to which the students cannot enter the premises.
Since the summer break ended, the class work in the school has been suspended on fourth day due to water logging.
The teachers and the locals told Kashmir Reader that they had time and again requested the higher officials about the problem but nothing has been done till date. “They (authorities) don’t seem to be bothered about the future of students in the school,” they said.
Head teacher of the school told Kashmir Reader said the school has to be closed every time it rains as the level of the compound is lower than the road passing along the school.
“The waterlogging problem emerged last year after the Block Development Officer (BDO) Pampore approved a road under MGNREGA as the contractor raised the level of the road by about one feet due to which the level of compound was lowered,” he said adding that recently the BDO had sent some officials after the directions of ACD but most of them were lower rung officials “who lacked any expertise”.
The head teacher said he was under “tremendous pressure” from the locals who he said have warned the officials as well as teachers that they would lock down the school if their concern was not addressed immediately.
The locals of the area told Kashmir Reader that the district administration has miserably failed to address their genuine concerns and now they have appealed the Governor N N Vohra and Secretary Education Department to intervene so that the students do not suffer because of “official callousness”.
“A few days ago, we approached the office of the Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Pulwama with the humble request to get the problem solved once and for all. The concerned ACD advised the BDO Pampore to redress the problem on priority basis but the BDO seems to be either in slumber or not interested in solving the problem created by none other than him,” a local said.
“We want to make it clear that if the problem is not solved in coming days, it will be presumed that authorities are putting the students and the teaching staff to mental torture thereby compelling them to lock the school forever,” a senior citizen said.
Zonal Education Officer (ZEO), Pampore, Ghulam Ahmad Dar told Kashmir Reader that he had personally approached the Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Pulwama and has asked him to redress the grievance at the earliest.