Sacks for benches, umbrellas for roof in Bhopal’s rickety school

  • Purvi Jain, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2016 18:37 IST
The dilapidated Rasheedia Middle School was chosen as a model school by the state government. (HT photo)

With no benches or desks, students at a school in Barkhedi near Bhopal, are forced to sit on the floor with umbrellas over their heads to protect themselves from seeping water during the monsoon.

This is the condition of Rasheedia School, which has been chosen as a model school and the state government has sanctioned Rs 12.59 crore for the redevelopment of the school.

The walls of the classroom have developed cracks and water seeps through leaking ceiling, forcing student to hold umbrellas over their heads to protect themselves and their books from getting drenched.

A HT team that visited the school, found that 365 students are forced to sit on sacks — used as mats — in the eight classrooms of the dilapidated building that can fall down anytime.

No one bothers to check the condition of school’s existing structure, says teacher

“We are told that the school will get a new modern building with proper chairs, tables, a staff room, an auditorium, a computer lab and a playground by 2017,” Ashutosh Pandey, a teacher at the school, told HT.

“Though the construction of the new building has started but no one bothers to check the condition of the existing structure,” he said.

A pool of stagnant water in front of the school has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and parents are scared to send their children to school regularly fearing that they may contact diseases.

“The school is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and children are vulnerable to malaria and dengue and as a parent I fear sending my child to school as he might fall prey to the mosquito-borne diseases,” said Asif Khan, a parent.

More than the day scholars, it’s the children who live in the school’s hostel, who at are at a greater risk. More than 100 students who live in the school hostel, have no drinking water facility as the water pipelines are damaged.

District education officer Dharmendra Sharma said, “We will go and find out the condition of the school and also ask the municipal corporation to get premises cleaned so that children can study without fear.”

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