Lack of adequate number of classrooms in Government Middle School, Gandhi Nagar, here has been forcing teachers to take classes in the open although the winter season is at its peak and children are feeling the pinch of chilling cold.
When this reporter visited the school, the students were found sitting in the open on the ground and many of them did not have even mats to sit on.
When contacted, the school authorities, expressing their helplessness, said there were 67 students enrolled in classes 6, 7 and 8 in the school. However, there were only two rooms in the school, so it was difficult to provide rooms for all classes.
They said two classrooms were under construction in the school, but their construction had been stalled since long time due to lack of funds.
Alok, Dipak and Yamini, students of the school, told the Hindustan Times that it was very difficult to sit on the ground on a chilly day and their clothes also get dirty due to dust.
The students demanded sufficient number of desks so that they did not have to sit on the cold cemented floor.
Chairperson of the school management committee Rajani said they had taken up the plight of the students with the state government and hoped that something was done soon.
Kullu MLA Maheshwar Singh said he would take up the matter with the state government and all efforts would be made to facilitate the students.
Similarly, a government primary school has been running behind this school, where 109 students are enrolled in Classes 1 to 5.
The situation was the same in this school also and children were sitting on the ground.
Headmistress of the school Usha Negi said they were forced to hold classes in the open due to lack of classrooms.