With unsafe rooms demolished months ago, Faridkot village students left to face biting cold

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Surghuri
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 22:01 IST

At the government primary and elementary school in Surghuri village of the district, hundreds of children are left to shiver as almost all the unsafe rooms of both the wings of the school were demolished about five months ago but no grant has reached for new construction so far.

At the primary school of the village, there were about six classrooms and four were demolished five months ago. The remaining two are also unsafe and will be demolished soon as per instructions of the state education department.

"The building was reportedly built in 1965 and was declared unsafe. As per the student-teacher ratio of 30:1, about seven rooms are required for the primary school as classrooms and office. But, with the demolition, there is no room for the children to sit in," said a source.

"There are about 140 students in the middle wing and five sections. They find it very difficult to sit in the open and it is badly affecting the studies," claimed a source.

"The unsafe rooms were demolished as per directions of the court. All the things have gone ahead in an unplanned manner. First the children had to sit under the sparse shade during summer and now they are tolerating the harsh cold. The boundary was also broken and stray animals and dogs enter the school," said Sukhdeep, a youth from the village.

This is not the only school in the district where students are suffering. Two rooms and a verandah at the government primary school in Bir Sikhan Wala village were also demolished as they were declared unsafe about six months ago.

"There are nearly 95 students but only one classroom. The situation is becoming serious with the harsh cold weather and if it rains, it will be very difficult to make the children sit in school," a source said.

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