Shopian govt school in limbo

SHOPIAN: Government high school Ayend-Ravalpora Shopian was torched in 2017 by unknown persons and was shifted to high school, which according to parents and locals lack infrastructure and space to accommodate students. Locals said that the work on new school building was stopped last year due to unknown reasons. 90 students were clubbed with high school after the decline in number of roll.

Locals from the village said that the lack of education standard is the main reason that parents don’t send their wards to this school. “Our children have to walk five kilometres everyday due to the lack of space in school,” a local Waseem Ahmad said. He added that the infrastructure is not conducive there. Arshid Ahmad, another local – who is also member of village welfare committee – said that at least 10 girl students have left the school because of lack of infrastructure.

“The lack of the education standard is another reason in decline of student roll,” he said and demanded that authorities should look into the matter and resolve it so that precious education of children would not get affected. Chief education officer Shopian, Mushtaq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that due to the lack of funds, the work on school building is incomplete. “We expect work will be finalised by end of this fiscal year,” he said, adding that no one in village was willing to provide space for school and it forced them to shift two classes to alternate accommodation.

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