Finally, govt primary school students shifted to safety

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2015 18:05 IST

Finally 160 students and staff of Government Primary School were shifted to a safe place at the police station building, Moti Nagar, on Thursday.

The students and their parents thanked the authorities that the students will get education at a safe place now. The students were forced to attend classes under a tree because the school building, which has five classrooms, was declared unsafe by the Public Works Department (PWD) in February last year.

The teachers vacated the building in August after receiving directions from the director general school education, Punjab, which said: "No classes will be conducted in the unsafe building and classrooms."

The education department had recently directed the school authorities to shift the students and staff to a nearby police station building. Be it searing heat, rainy days or frosty mornings, the students had been studying in the open for the past four months. Besides, the school had only one toilet.

A parent said, "It is a good step taken by the authorities as our students were suffering in absence of safe classrooms. I also thank the police that allowed to conduct classes at the police station building."

District education officer (DEO), elementary, Gurjot Singh told that the students and staff had been shifted to the police station building. He said the classes would be organised there now.

He further said they had been making efforts to shift the school students, but as there was no government school nearby so it took time to find an alternative.

Hindustan Times on August 26 had highlighted that with the building of Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, being declared unsafe six months back, 160 students were forced to attend classes under a tree.

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