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In Faridkot, school on jail land

Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times  Faridkot, March 02, 2014
First Published: 22:51 IST(2/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:56 IST(2/3/2014)

The government primary school in the district jail complex here is a striking example of the apathetic attitude of the governments in the state, which could not even arrange for a small chunk of land to shift it from the land of the jail department, which has now been swapped with the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

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The school, at present, has nearly 113 students in Classes 1 to 5, but it has no land of its own and a building worth its name. Even the dilapidated building, from where it runs, belongs to the old jail department and was reportedly constructed by the then rulers of Faridkot estate before 1947.

As the education department does not own the land, so no grant for any construction purpose can be spent on it as per the government policy.  As a result, students have to sit in the open on the ground even in extremely cold weather. "Children cannot be made to sit inside the building as it is crumbling and, being unsafe, there is a fear of its caving in at any time. During the rainy season, the problem aggravates because children cannot be made to sit inside the building and even in the open on the ground, so we have to send them home," said a teacher.

The school has no any facility for students such as toilets and a kitchen to cook mid-day meal.  The HT team saw that all the students were sitting on the sandy ground outside the building without any benches.

The teachers claim that the bad condition of the building has also affected the number of students getting admission in this school. In 2008, there were about 198 students in the school, but now their number has come down to mere 113," a teacher said. "The school is situated near economically backward localities such as Society Nagar, Bazigar Basti and Sadak Nagar, but parents do not want to send their children to this school in view of the bad condition of the building," claimed another teacher.

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