Summer or winter, school kids bear it all

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2014 15:01 IST

There seems to be no cure for shortage of classrooms in the government schools of the district. At Government Primary School, Jawaddi, there are 15 classrooms for 981 students, as a result eight classes are taken in open, be it scorching heat or chilling winter.

Besides the school having an area of 1,000 square yards has no playground. A visit to the school revealed that a class comprising 50 students was being taken in the midday meal store, barely sufficient to accommodate the children.

A school teacher, on the condition of anonymity, said, “It is difficult to teach the students in the midday meal store, as rice and wheat sacks are stored here. But, we have no other option due to shortage of classrooms. Besides, eight classes are conducted in the open, under the trees.”

The teacher added, “Whenever it rains, we declare a holiday as water enters the classrooms. The school has Classes 1 to 5 whose students need an environment conducive for their education. But here, they don’t even have a classroom, let alone aids to enhance their learning experience.”

School head Darshan Singh said, “I wrote to the district education officer, elementary, two months ago to allow us to run the school in double shift, but we have received no response.

Running the school in double shift will allow us to take all classes in classrooms, as we have 15 teachers and 11 special training volunteers.”

He added that for the strength of 981 students, they had only two toilets of which one was for girls.

The situation is similar at Government Primary School, Phullanwal , which has a strength of 627.

When contacted, DEO, elementary, Gurjot Singh said, “I have received nothing from the school, as I joined just over a month ago. But if the schools are facing problems due to shortage of classrooms, we will look for a solution. We will also check on the grant that we can get under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for construction of classrooms and toilets.”

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