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Govt school 'dumped' by authorities

Satinder Pal Singh , Hindustan Times  Patiala, December 05, 2012
First Published: 21:30 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:50 IST(5/12/2012)

Poor sanitary conditions in and around the government elementary school in New Power House Colony in the city have put the health of both minor boys and girls in danger, to which government authorities are oblivious.

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A visit to the locality revealed that heaps of garbage littered places around the school premises, located in the government residential colony near the main bus sand. It is a co-educational school and has students up to Class 5 on its rolls. 

Puddles of water around the school due to leaking overhead water tanks have only added to the discomfit of the school students and teaching and non-teaching staff alike. School also has insufficient furniture, due to which most students are forced to sit on floors in their classrooms.

The school building has been crying for urgent repairs. 

A garbage dump near the rear entry to the school, which is also close to government girls senior secondary school, leads to stink all around. This is a source of more inconvenience to the area residents as well as school students.

Even though the dump site is cleared of waste by crew of a tractor trolley deployed by the local municipal corporation, garbage continues to raise a stink most of the time.

Onset of winters is going to make life tougher for the students of the schools since windowpanes in classrooms are shattered and have not been repaired, which would expose young children to the elements as the weather turns cold in winter.

The school head teacher told Hindustan Times that she was aware of overflowing overhead water tank but could not do anything in the matter since a plumber put on the job could not fix the fault.
She admitted to unsanitary conditions around the school, but expressed helplessness in getting the mess cleared up. 

A couple of months ago, an old 'pipal' tree on the school premises fell and damaged the boundary wall.

Harjinder Kaur, deputy district education officer (primary) admitted that she was aware of the problems facing the school. The school would be shifted to a new building in another 10-15 days, she claimed.

Mayor Jaspal Singh said, "I was not aware of this problem but have now directed officials concerned to clean up the area around the school."

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