Security of students and staff has taken a back seat at 11 government primary schools in the district, as is evident from the missing boundary walls there.
The Ludhiana Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) office has not received any grant since 2012 for construction of boundary walls of these schools, nine of which are in rural areas.
These 11 schools are each located in Tappar Harnia, Balipur, Malsihan Bajan, BR Salempur, Kalewal, Ghudani Kalan, Roul, Mandi Jagraon, Kamalpur, Samrala and Karodian.
Besides, several middle, high and senior secondary schools also don't have proper boundary walls. As a result, stray animals enter the schools, while locals have made several schools garbage dumping grounds.
A government school incharge, on the condition of anonymity, said, "Our school was established 40 years ago, and still exists without a boundary wall. Every year, we write to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office to provide us funds to construct the wall, but no avail. In absence of the boundary wall, stray dogs and cows often enter the school, and pose a risk to the students and teachers."
Talking to Hindustan Times, Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said, "It is the basic necessity of every school to have a boundary wall. Every year government schools send their requirements through District Information System for Education (DISE) pro forma and grants are issued to them after we receive them from the central government."
Government Primary School, Kutcha Number 16, has been functioning without a roof, let alone a boundary wall.
Government Primary School, Balipur Khurd, has a boundary wall on only three sides Government Middle School, Mand Khanpur, Macchiwara, has a two-sided boundary wall for the past 10 years. Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, also has a boundary wall only on two sides.