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Dilapidated Kasturba school in Rajasthan cries for attention

Rooms have developed cracks and roofs have caved in, exposing the iron rods used during construction.

jaipur Updated: Sep 22, 2014 17:01 IST

Rooms have developed cracks and roofs have caved in, exposing the iron rods used during construction.

A visit to Kasturba Gandhi Residential School for girls in Lanagur village under Degana Panchayat Samiti of Rajasthan would give you enough hints that disaster is waiting to happen any time.

The government has built Kasturba schools in every block of the district under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to educate girls in rural areas. The schools were made residential to ensure education up to Class 8 to every girl in the villages.

The Lanagur school, which houses 250-odd students, is now in a dilapidated condition. “Water seeps through leaks in roofs of classes and hostel rooms during rainy season,” said school principal Aruna Chaudhary.

Besides, the condition of toilets is pathetic. “Lavatories are unhygienic and it exposes students to the risk of diseases,” said Ankita, a Class 7 student, adding that they avoid using toilets unless it is very necessary.

Their parents are living under a constant fear praying that nothing unfortunate happens to their children in the school. “During rains we take our children back home as water leaks in their rooms. There is always a fear that they may get injured,” said Rukma Devi, a parent.

The school administration said they have taken up the issue with the higher officials many times but nothing has been done so far.

“I have written to local and education administration several times but no action has been taken so far,” said school principal Aruna Chaudhary, adding that sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Degana and panchayat samiti pradhan have also been informed about the poor condition of the school.

When contacted, SDM Richpal Burdak said he would write to government about the condition of the school building. “Repair works of the school would be initiated soon,” Burdak added.

First Published: Sep 22, 2014 15:20 IST