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‘Building can collapse at Moti Nagar govt school any moment’

punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2016 13:49 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times
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Stagnant water posses threat to students’ life at government primary school in Moti Nagar. (JS GREWAL/HT)

If you think school life is tough, then a visit to Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, will prove it is much more than that. Here, it is both a challenge and a health risk. As most of the times, overflowing sewerage water clogs outside the school gate where the students are made to sit every day in a verandah. The school teachers said they have repeatedly asked the residents to file a complaint to municipal corporation authorities, but neither the residents nor the authorities are making any effort to solve this problem.

A total of 122 students of Classes 1 to 5 sit in a verandah and one small room in the school has been running in a police station building for the last two years as the school building with five classrooms has been declared unsafe by the public works department in February 2014.

There are 20 students in Class 1, 15 in Class 2, 21 in Class 3, 17 in Class 4, and 22 in Class 5. In the special training resource centre there are 27 students and the school has two regular teachers, one head teacher and three volunteers.

Students are forced to study in verandah. (JS GREWAL/HT)

A visit to the school revealed that teachers conduct all the five classes in one verandah and being an open space the situation gets more deplorable during rain.A teacher requesting anonymity, said, “There is one verandah, three rooms which are small, so we are not able to accommodate the students there, teacher said adding, “only Class 5 students are adjusted in one room as it is a board class. But it is difficult to teach the students as all the classes are different and four teachers are simultaneously teaching all the students from Classes 1 to 4. One can imagine what the students are able to understand of their respective lessons in this chaos.”

Another teacher who wished not to be named, said, “I reach the school at 8am just to fill the water tank as after 8:30am there is no water supply in this area. As the students of Class 5 have to appear in board examination so they are asked to reach the school at 8am so that I can teach them for an hour without any disturbance. When cooks prepare mid-day meal, smoke enters the verandah and it becomes difficult to sit there.”