With 13 classrooms of Government Senior Secondary School, Nurpur Bet, 17 km from here, having been declared unsafe by the public works department (PWD) three months ago, the school authorities are at their wits' end on where to hold the classes.
While the Director General School Education (DGSE) had last year ordered schools against holding classes in unsafe rooms, the school is still awaiting permission from the DGSE office to hold classes in nearby gurdwaras, even as the school re-opened after summer vacation on Wednesday.
Worse, the school, which has a strength of 450 students, is yet to get funds to construct new classrooms.
A visit to the school revealed that teachers were conducting classes in the corridors. Of the 13 classrooms found unsafe, seven were locked, while six had been demolished.
A teacher, requesting anonymity, said, "Due to low attendance on the first day of school, we faced little problem. But where will we conduct classes on Thursday when more students are expected to attend school?"
"We have the option of shifting students to nearby gurdwaras and are awaiting approval from the DGSE office. But if we shift the students of Classes 6 to 8 there, they would still need to return to the school premises for the midday meal. While the students of Classes 9 to 12 will need to come back for practical classes," the teacher added.
School principal Nirmal said, "13 classrooms in the school were declared unsafe in March. In May, we wrote to the Rashtriya Madhyam Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) to provide funds for construction of new classrooms. But in vain. Permission to run classes in nearby gurdwaras is also awaited. So, meanwhile we will conduct some classes in the classrooms of primary school located on the backside of the school, and other classes will be conducted in the corridors."
When contacted, Jagdev Singh, RMSA district coordinator, said, "We have sent a proposal to DGSE office last month to provide permission to run the classes in nearby gurdwaras. But are yet to receive a nod. We have also written to higher authorities for funds to construct new classrooms."
Despite repeated attempts, DGSE Pradeep Aggarwal did not reply to calls.
There are 15 government schools in the district that have 70 unsafe classrooms.
Classes in GMSSS, Miller Ganj, are held in two shifts due to shortage of classrooms. The students of Classes 1 to 10 attend school from 7 am to noon, while Classes 11 and 12 are conducted from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. At this school too, 13 classrooms were declared unsafe in May last year, and school authorities are yet to receive funds for new classrooms.