Despite the event being ‘district primary school games’, most of the primary school students were seen playing barefoot on an agricultural field on Wednesday and Thursday. The event is being held at a village Dayalpur, near Phillaur. Unmindful the students were playing without any uniform.
Many students were even seen running on an uneven track during the games. But the lack of arrangements didn’t deter them to play. The students did not show any discomfort. The games that started on November 2 received participation from four zones including Jalandhar I, Jalandhar II, Phillaur and Nakodar. The games held at the event included football, kho kho (girls and boys), athletics, kabaddi, wresting (20 kg and 30 kg). The teachers accompanying the students condemned that no central point was chosen, instead games were being conducted at the extreme of Phillaur.
“It is not easy to take children to such a faraway place,” said a teacher requesting anonymity. It is difficult to perform after travelling long distance, said the teacher. Drinking water facility and refreshments were also arranged by the village people in a nearby Gurudwara, sources informed. One of the teachers also complained of non availability of first aid at the venue. “There could have been small pieces of glass or anything else that could have hurt the students,” said the teacher.
It is because of school’s effort that some students are wearing uniforms, said the teacher. Block primary education officer (BPEO) Phillaur, Narinder Kaur, who was in charge of the event, claimed that proper arrangements were made for the students. The students have everything, if they don’t wear shoes, what can we do in that situation, said Kaur. “The government does not give us any grants to organise the games,” she said. District education officer (DEO) (primary) Gurpreet Kaur said that lack of funds is why students suffer. Funds come to DEO (secondary) but we want that every student should get a chance to play, she said.