Over 271 students of Classes 6 and 7 of Government Senior Secondary School, Kasabad, are forced to attend classes in open every day, as the school has been facing acute shortage of classrooms since 2011.
The school has a total strength of 838 students of Class 6 to 11. The school is 17.5 kilometres from Ludhiana has shortage of 10 classrooms.
A visit to the school, revealed that students are forced to sit in open in the hot and humid weather. This school was upgraded in June from high to senior secondary and 81 students of Class 11 were accommodated in one classroom. When next year these students get promoted in Class 12 where they will sit as the school is already facing scarcity of classrooms, asked a teacher who wished not to be named.
The posts of a maths teacher, diploma in physical education (DPE) and two physical education instructors are lying vacant in the school. The post of peon, watchman is vacant since 2014. For the safety of school watchman was hired. The school staff is paying him from their own pocket.
In the library room with the books in cupboards, the food grains to prepare midday meal are also kept. “We are making our best effort to teach the students but when we teach them in open, they get distracted and keep looking here and there. There are a lot of distractions and other teachers are also teaching other students at a distance. The government must provide us funds for the construction of new classrooms so that students can get better studying environment, ” said a teacher on condition of anonymity.
A student of Class 11, on condition of anonymity said, “I have to sit on floor everyday in the classroom as number of students are more and it is difficult to accommodate all of them. Why has the government upgraded the schools when they can’t even provide proper classrooms and infrastructure to sit? Whenever it rains, the students of Class 6 and 7 are made to sit in corridors.”
Balbir Singh Littar, officiating in-charge at the school said, “We need at least 10 classrooms to accommodate these students who are sitting in open every day. We have installed blackboards in open so that teachers can write on them. Whenever it rains, the teachers are directed to conduct the classes in corridors. We have written to the higher authorities about the condition of the school and number of students sitting in open. From our own efforts and teachers contribution we have come up with a herbal garden in the school.”
SCHOOL BOUNDARY WALL MISSING
The school has boundary wall only on three sides. Students of two sections are sitting in the playground where the boundary wall is missing. The school incharge deputes teachers on duty in the ground to keep an eye on students. Due to boundary wall missing on one side, students sometimes run to nearby farms.