Mewat students lack of facilities, inadequate faculty
Students of Mewat Model School said they only have eight teachers and are made to drink the same water that they use to clean their utensils and wash their clothes at the hostelgurgaon Updated: Jul 31, 2017 22:27 IST
The Mewat Model Public School in Madhi village has come to light for all the wrong reasons — students and teachers allegedly compelling Hindu students to offer namaz and convert to Islam. But besides alleged conversions, the students of the school have many more complaints.
“We only have eight teachers. Out of them, three teach in the Nagina school as well and come here to teach English and Urdu on just three days of the week. Now, with three teachers gone (one of whom taught Urdu, also took classes in Nagina and was transferred on Friday), we are left with just five,” Aamir Iqbal, a class 10 student, told Hindustan Times.
When Hindustan Times visited the school, the students flooded the reporter with complaints — from no drinking water, no electricity to no playground, shortage of staff and no functional science and maths laboratories.
“We have science and a maths laboratories, but as there are no equipment they lab remain closed,” Afridi Khan, another class 10 student, said.
The condition of the hostel is worse, the students claimed.
“The lack of clean drinking water is the major issue here. There is no water cooler and we are forced to drink the same water that we use to wash our clothes,” Aman Khan, a student of class 7, said.
Sagar Bhardwaj, one of only three students who complained to the school authorities on July 22 that the students in the hostel used to force him to offer namaz , also had the same story to tell.
In fact, Sushil Dutt, the new hostel warden and a retired BSF official who took charge on Saturday after the previous warden Mohd Arif was transferred, said that the issue was alarming.
“It has only been two days since I took charge and I already have a huge problem on my hands. The water is dirty, but we are compelled to drink it,” he said.
Electricity supply is also limited to only two-three hours a day, the students alleged.
Akhib Ali, a class 10 student, said that the generator is only used during the night “when we are having food.” “Otherwise, we have to stay without power for the whole day,” he said.
The hostel remains dirty and “we are forced to sleep there only,” Ali added.
15-year-old Junaid, a class 9 student, said that when it came to sports facilities, they had been given a ball, and that too, a punctured one.
“We have made a volleyball court on our own. We also prune the grass on our compound and water the plants,” Junaid said.
Khurshid Ahmed, chairperson of the Mewat Development Agency (who runs the school), conceded to the lack of facilities and infrastructure at the school.
“I have recently joined as the chairperson of MDA and the facilities will soon be provided,”Ahmed said.
Ahmed, who visited the school on Monday, said that new teachers would be recruited in August and the required infrastructure would be provided as well.
“The Madhi school was opened in 2014 and the earlier administration did not take much interest in the welfare of students. We are aware of the problems that the students are grappling with and these will be resolved,” he said.
First Published: Jul 31, 2017 22:26 IST