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Kuka village school: One room, five classes, one blackboard

punjab Updated: Oct 13, 2016 17:56 IST
Harinder Singh Khaira
Harinder Singh Khaira
Hindustan Times
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Class 5 students sitting on the floor while a worker preparing mid-day meal for students in the open at the government elementary school at Kuka village near Patiala on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

The government elementary school at Kuka village in Patiala subdivision is lacking basic amenities in the building bestowed by the village panchayat. The administration has failed to provide appropriate facilities to the students so that they can study in a proper environment.

The original building of the school was declared unsafe in 2014. Two rooms were demolished in 2015 under the directions of the apex court.

The panchayat of the village provided their own Panchayat Bahawan as an alternative to the school for the 2015-16 session. The school, which is up to Class 5, is now running in the single-room building, which has many other limitations.

As many as 54 students are attending classes in the worst conditions. Students of all classes in the school use a single blackboard. Some teachers shift classes outside the school in the open.

NO TOILET AND DRINKING WATER FACILITY

A toilet in a bad shape. (HT Photo)

Non-availability of toilets and drinking water is the other problem of children and staff. There is a toilet in the school but it not in a working condition as it has no door. The children have to go to their nearby homes when they have to use a toilet.

Teachers at the school said that they are trying to provide better education with the available infrastructure and by buying necessary things on their own.

“How can we teach students of all classes under one roof ? There is different syllabus for all the classes and different level of understanding of children,” said a teacher at the school.

SAFETY HAZARDS

When it comes to the safety of school children, the multi-purpose hall also works as a gym for the youth of the village. The equipment of the gym lies inside the hall, which also becomes a safety hazard for children.

The Panchayat Bhawan is on the roadside and sometimes the traffic becomes a major concern for children as they have to cross the road for anything like drinking water or urination.

The main gate of the building opens on the edge of the road and, besides teaching them, we also have to take care that they do not cross the road carelessly, said teachers.

The staff has to prepare the mid-day meal in the open as there is no kitchen in the building

RISE IN DROP RATE

It has also been learnt that the school drop rate increased during the past two years and the number has come down to 54 from 65 last year.

Some of the families migrated to the nearby town due to the lack of basic facilities in the village and shifted their children to urban schools. Others, who can afford to send their wards to nearby schools, started doing the same.

“I cannot allow my children to go to a school which does not even have drinking water and toilet facility,” said Komal Singh, who started sending his children to another school.

OFFICIAL SPEAK

District education officer (DEO) (elementary) Sanjeev Sharma said that they have initiated the process of providing a financial grant to the school for a building.

“The construction of the school building will automatically solve all the problems as restrooms and a kitchen are already available on the site where the unsafe rooms of the original building were demolished,” said the DEO.