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Faridkot school without classes, clean water or toilets

Not so long ago Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema was applauded by all and sundry when he pulled up teachers for poor results.

punjab Updated: Aug 26, 2016 15:20 IST
Amit R Joshi
Students taking lessons in the hall of a gurdwara in Kaler village on Thursday.
Students taking lessons in the hall of a gurdwara in Kaler village on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Not so long ago Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema was applauded by all and sundry when he pulled up teachers for poor results.

But, for the students of Kaler village’s primary school in Faridkot, good results are a distant dream as the school is devoid of even basic necessities.

With the building of their school demolished on May 31 to allow widening of NH -15 (connecting Faridkot to Amritsar), students are being compelled to attend classes in the 40 by 80 foot hall of the village gurdwara.

School in-charge, Paramjit Kaur, said they were forced to take all five classes in a single hall.

“Taking classes in the hall is a mere formality as it is not possible to teach more than 80 students in one hall,” she added.

PROBLEMS GALORE

Lack of classrooms is not the only problem for students of this makeshift school. They also have to bear with the lack of clean drinking water and toilets, even students and teachers share same toilet.

“Parents had decided to put their wards in public schools due to lack of facilities but officials of education department asked teachers not to strike off students’ names,” Kaur said. “Safety of students is a serious issue as teachers can’t keep a watch on them,” she added.

“The mid-day meal is being prepared in a temporary shed in unhygienic conditions,” she said.

“Students are sent home in case of power cuts or a function at the gurdwara,” she said.

“There will be no classes for three days in the next week as there is a function in gurdwara,” she rued.

“The panchayat received Rs 57 lakh to buy land and Rs 12 lakh to construct the school building,” Kulvir Singh, Kaler panchayat member, said.

“At least Rs 1 crore was needed to buy land for the school,” Singh said.

“The administration wants us to buy land on collector rate but no one will sell his land below the market price,” he added.

BLAME GAME

District education officer (DEO) Parminder Singh said he had asked his deputy Dharamvir Singh to look in the matter.

Dharamvir Singh said they had asked the panchayat members to buy land but the members said that it was not possible due to lack of funds.

He added that panchayat department is responsible for buying the land and constructing the building.

With all the departments putting the ball in each others’ courts, it is the students and teachers who are suffering.