2 months on, school awaits grants to rebuild classrooms

  • Deepa Sharma Sood Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2014 17:00 IST

Unsafe classrooms demolished at Government Primary School, Khul Gehna, 40km from here, two months ago, await grants to rebuild classrooms. In the meanwhile, 39 students are forced to sit in one classroom in which reusable material from the demolished structure such as iron rods and doors has been kept.

Reusable material from the demolished structure has been kept in the same classroom where students attend classes at Government Primary School at Khul Gehna on Wednesday.

Also, there is no proper road to reach the school. One has to travel via a muddy road to reach the school.
A visit to the school revealed that the students and two teachers were sitting in one classroom where reusable material was also kept. During rains students are shifted to the kitchen used for preparing of midday meal as the classroom’s roof leaks.

One of the teachers said, “Two classrooms, corridor and school office were declared unsafe by the public works department four years ago. The unsafe portions were demolished two months ago, but we are yet to receive grants to reconstruct the building. So, as of now we are left with a single classroom which leaks during rains and a kitchen. The school does not have a proper boundary wall due to which three trees were illegally axed and taken away from the school this year. We have lodged a complaint in the nearby police station and even informed the authorities concerned. Also, no efforts have been made to raise the boundary wall.”


At Gover nment Primary School, Balipur Khurd, 30km from here, the situation is no different. The school had two classrooms which were demolished two months ago and it is yet to receive grant.

At present, the school is running classes in the lone safe classroom. There are 66 student
s who are taught by three teachers. The school has boundary wall on only three sides.

A teacher, who wished not to be named, said, “We are conducting classes in a nearby dharamsala, but due to no power connection it is difficult to teach students there. We will now take the school inverter to the dharamsala. It is difficult for three teachers to teach in one classroom.”

It has been learnt that both schools were under the zila parishad, and on October 7 they were shifted to the education department.

When contacted, DEO, elementary, Gurjot Singh said, “We have received grants for constructing 67 new classrooms in government schools, and have written to the director general school education, Punjab, to allow us to utilise it for schools that have unsafe classrooms. As soon as we receive the approval from the DGSE office, the grants will be given to the school for construction of new classrooms.”

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