Students of the Government Primary School, Railway Colony, are a harried lot as they are forced to sit on the floor due to lack of basic infrastructure. While their enthusiasm to learn is as much as students of other UT government schools, they are deprived of basic hygiene too.
When HT team visited the school on Wednesday, it was observed that the students of the morning shift were sitting on the floor and taking lessons in tiny rooms, without proper lighting. Moreover, over 40 students were sitting in a room that was meant for only 15-20 children. There were only three classrooms meant for around 130 students during the morning shift. The remaining rooms include staff room, midday meal room and a storage room.
A teacher, on condition of anonymity, said, “The strength is more than it should be, but it’s nothing new. Atleast we are trying to teach as many students as we can.”
She further said, “Making kids sit on the floor also helps adjust a larger number of students in the school, which currently has over 250 students.”
It is pertinent to mention that UT mayor Poonam Sharma had promised in September to ensure smart classrooms and upgrade the facilities at the primary schools that come under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation (MC).
Principal’s room has new chairs, table
What was even more appalling was that while the students were made to sit on the floor, the principal’s room and staff room had brand-new chairs and tables.
On being questioned, principal Kuldeep Sharma said they had already sent out a written demand to the MC regarding the infrastructural requirement. “It is unfortunate that the authorities have never paid much attention towards primary education,” he said, adding that only 10-15 children of the Railway Colony are studying at the school and majority come from other neighbouring colonies like Mauli Jagran.
“The land is under the railway department, which had promised to provide for basic facilities since the school’s inception in 1975, but nothing has been done. Neither the MC, nor the department has catered to our demands,” he added.