Govt school kids make do with bonfire

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 11:15 IST

Despite the cold wave sweeping the region, there is no relief for students of Government Primary School, Kutcha Number 16, Field Ganj, which has been functioning without a roof, classrooms, toilets or drinking water since 1995.

With the government failing to make any arrangements for the students, the schoolteachers conducted classes around a bonfire on Thursday.

Due to the foggy weather, 67 of the 85 students turned up for classes. Later, around 11am, parents of students reached the school and insisted the teachers to announce a holiday in wake of the severe cold. As a result, the teachers declared a holiday after serving mid-day meal to the students.

A parent, Kapil Ram, said, “This school is running without even a roof from the past many years.

Be is searing heat or biting cold, teachers have been conducting classes in the open, and students have to bear the brunt of the severe weather conditions. As it was really cold today, I visited the school and asked the teacher concerned to allow parents to take their kids home.”

A teacher on the condition of anonymity, said, “We face problems be it any season. While children shiver in the winter, they have to silently endure the scorching heat as well. Lack of infrastructure forces the school authorities to make the students sit on floor, which is also broken.”

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