In a bid to provide relief to staff and 160 students of Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, the education department on Tuesday asked the school authorities to shift to the Police Station Building in Moti Nagar.
The students will be shifted to the new building in the next three days. The school building, which has five classrooms, was declared unsafe by the public works department in February due to which teachers vacated the building in August after receiving directions from the director general school education, Punjab, which said: “No classes will be conducted in the unsafe building and classrooms.” Be it searing heat, rainy days or frosty mornings, students had been studying in the open for the past four months. Besides, the school has only one toilet.
According to the Right to Education Act, every school should have proper classrooms, toilets and drinking water facility.
It is pertinent to mention here that Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and Gurjot Singh, district education officer, elementary, had been making efforts to shift the schoolstudents.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Gurjot Singh said: “Since August we have been making efforts to shift the schoolstudents, but as there was no government school nearby so it took time to find an alternative. The police commissioner has allowed us to run classes in the police station building.”
“We will shift the students in the next three days. I visited the police station on Tuesday to take the stock of the situation. There are five rooms which will be sufficient for taking classes,” Gurjot said.
A teacher on the condition of anonymity, said: “Finally our students will get a roof under which they can study. In such cold weather, it was becoming difficult for us to take classes in the open.” HT on August 26 had highlighted that with the building of Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, being declared unsafe six months ago, 160 students were forced to attend classes under a tree.