Students of class 6 of Government Senior Secondary School, Adampur, are passing through a 'chilly' ordeal as they have to sit on the floor of the verandah of their classroom in the prevailing bone-biting cold.
Not that the school is not allowing them to use their classroom, but it has been locked by election officials of the state as some election material is lying in the room.
Anil Vashisht, an RTI activist, informed that election officials had occupied this room in August last year when zila parishad and block samiti elections were held in the state.
At that time they had locked the room as one trunk containing some election material is lying in the room. And, it remained locked even now, he added.
Principal of the school Kulwant Singh expressed helplessness in the matter as, he said, they have complained to the district education officer several times, but to no avail.
The small students, trying to concentrate on their books, were seen using handkerchiefs to cover their running nose due to cold. The cold floor added to their trouble of sitting on the ground.
Although they have been sitting in the verandah since August last year, but they started the pinch of sitting outside during winter month as cold intensified.
Their parents are worried as the small children have to first bear the chilling early morning cold to reach the school and, later, they have sit outside the classroom.
The school has another problem also. It has a total of 25 rooms, 18 of them have been declared unsafe.
Vashisht informed, "Out of the 18 rooms declared unsafe, only six have been reconstructed so far, while 12 remain in the same condition are waiting to be demolished"
There are a total of 800 students in the school, out of which nearly 40 students of class 6 have to sit outside in the verandah, as others have been somehow accommodated in safe rooms.
District education officer (secondary) Nilam Kumari, when contacted, said that she was not aware of this and promised that she would look into the matter in a day and would not let students sit outside the classroom.