The hostel of the government girls school in Budhlada, which houses around 100 girls, lacks arrangements for the security of the hostlers. An investigation carried out by the HT found that the school doesn't have any record of the visitors nor there are any fixed visiting hours for parents of the students and others in the hostel. It was found that post-sunset, the main gate of the school remains open and strangers have easy access to the premises.
The school is situated in the heart of the city which raises a major security concern about the safety of the students. However, this is not the first time when this issue has been raised and the authorities are well aware of it.
"We have seen people trespassing into the campus. We have also received reports that a few days ago, a few people were seen smoking inside the school campus after 7 in the evening when the doors are supposed to be closed," said Jasveer Singh, station house officer (SHO) of the city police station. He also that principal of the school Harjeet Singh is also not above board and was also accused of consuming alcohol in the school premises after classes were over. "In the past, we had received several complaints against the principal and we have reprimanded him for the same," said the SHO.
Most of other district officials share the same opinion about the principal. "It has been there in our knowledge and we have asked the district education officer to prepare a report on this. I will it make sure that proper action is taken in this regard," confirmed ADC Isha Kalia. One of the officers also claimed that the woman warden of the hostel had also complained about the principal.
"The woman warden was asked to quit by the principal without any reason. We later reinstated her," claimed a senior officer, who had conducted inquiry into the case. He also alleged that the principal enjoyed political patronage due to which he is still in the office.
But this is not the only issue which the girl students residing in the hostel complain of. Poor facilities included lack of hot water, warm clothes and lack of proper sewerage system. "We burn paper and to heat up water for bath. There is no kerosene or any other fuel so that we can get hot water. We have raised this issue with the principal but to no avail," said one of the students. The education department claims that due to lack of funds, facilities could not be provided in the hostel.
The administration, which seems to have turned a blind eye to the previous inquiry has again ordered an inquiry against the principal and the lack of safety in the hostel. "We have received complaints regarding the safety issue as well as against one of the warden and principal of the school. We are planning to sack them," said deputy commissioner Bhupinder Singh.