With only six classrooms to accommodate 1,266 students at Government Primary School, Giaspura, it has become difficult for the authorities to run the school properly.
Students are also a harried lot as they are forced to sit in corridors and in the open.
“For past two years, our classes are being held in corridors. We have to bear with hot weather as corridors have no fans,” said a Class-5 student, requesting anonymity.
A parent, Usha Rani, said, “My daughter is studying in the school for past one year. Since January, Class-3 students are attending classes in open. This is not at all justified. The education department should provide funds for construction of more classrooms.”
There are 60 students in pre-nursery, 177 in Class 1 and 364 in Class 2. Class 3 has 281 students, Class 4 has strength of 236 and there are 148 students in Class 5. And each class has three sections.
“I have written to the district education officer, elementary, Ludhiana, that our school needs 26 more classrooms,” said Prakashwinder Singh, school headteacher. “We should provide basic facilities to the students. At present, we are taking classes of two sections of Class 2 in ‘Patwarkhana’ (government land revenue record office) in front of the school.”
Classrooms also lack infrastructure
The existing six classrooms in the school have two fans each. And three students are forced to adjust on one bench. The school has just two toilets for students and three water taps.
A teacher said, “Over 65 students are accommodated in one classroom. Two sections of Classes 1 and 3 (two sections) are sitting in corridors and two sections of Class 5 are sitting under tree. It is a tough task to teach students in hot and humid weather.”
School announces holiday when it rains
“Whenever it rains, we face a lot of problem in accommodating students in corridors, so we announce holiday,” said the headteacher. “On other days, the students have no option but to sit in open. The only relief is students have benches to sit on.”
He said, “Two new toilets were built last year. They will be opened for students by next month.”
Gurjot Singh, district education officer, elementary, said, “We have written to the director general school education Pradeep Aggarwal, requesting for funds. We are also trying to tie up with private firms who are interested in providing funds.”