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Grants for new classrooms but none for unsafe schools

Students of four government schools whose buildings were declared unsafe this year would have to wait longer for classrooms as their schools are not among those selected for Central government grant.

punjab Updated: Dec 18, 2014 14:00 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood

Students of four government schools whose buildings were declared unsafe this year would have to wait longer for classrooms as their schools are not among those selected for Central government grant.

The Ludhiana Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office has received a grant of 1.15 crore for 21 classrooms out of which 16 would be constructed in schools that have partially unsafe classrooms and five at schools which have shortage of classrooms.

In all, the SSA office has received approval for 217 classrooms, of which 67 are required in primary and 150 in upper primary schools.Two classrooms each will be constructed at Government Primary School, Malak; Government Primary School, Dhaka; Government Primary School, Thareeke and Government Primary School, Macchiwara-2.

Three classrooms will be constructed at Government Primary School, Khanna Number 9, and one each at Government Primary School, Kalash Kalan; Government Primary School, Kullapatti; Government Primary School, Balipur Khurd; Government Primary School, Harbanspura; and Government Primary School, Gobind Nagar.

The government schools facing shortage of classrooms are Government Primary School, Ayali Khurd; Gover nment Primary School, Churpur; Government Primary School, Khanna Khurd; Government Primary School, Jandali; and Government Primary School, Burj Hari Singh.

It is pertinent to mention here that having being declared unsafe, Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, was shifted to a nearby police station on December 16, Government High School, Chowani Mohalla was shifted to Government Senior Secondary School, Kundanpuri in May; Government Primary School, Bija, is conducting classes in a nearby dharamsala and Government Primary School, Sansowal Khurd is running its classes in the open. However, they are yet to get grants for new classrooms.

A government schoolteacher, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The government should have first released grants for schools where all classrooms are unsafe, as these schools are either conducting classes in the open, running in dharamsalas or running in double shift. During rain or frosty mornings, it is difficult to conduct classes in open.”

When contacted, Punjab director general school education (DGSE), GK Singh said, “We are releasing grants to all districts for construction of new classrooms and will construct 5,000 classrooms in government schools which are unsafe. Grants will be released soon.”