Unsafe rooms: Students are forced to sit in corridors at this Ludhiana school

PWD had last week conducted an inspection at Sunet’s Government High School and found one block comprising nine rooms unsafe.

punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2018 14:22 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Government High School,Sunet,PWD
Students attending classes in a corridor of Government High School in Ludhiana’s Sunet. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Over 300 students of Classes 6 and 7 of Sunet’s Government High School are attending classes in corridors after the public works department (PWD) last week declared one of the school’s two blocks unsafe.

The school was already facing shortage of classrooms and two sections of Class 6 were accommodated in the verandahs. But now all the students in four sections of Class 6 and two sections of Class 7 are out in corridors of the second block.

The ‘unsafe’ block had nine rooms, five of which were classrooms while the remaining ones were being used as an office, a clerk room, a home science laboratory and a chowkidar room.

On visiting the school in afternoon, this reporter found that classes were being conducted in corridors, staff room and the science laboratory.

However, the authorities have ensured the provision of fans in corridors of ground floor of the second block.

Riya, a student of Class 7, said, “For the past two days, I am attending classes in the corridor and facing a lot of problems. I am not able to understand the concepts as students of other sections are also sitting in the same corridor which leads to disturbance.”

Teachers confirmed that wide cracks had appeared on the roofs of ‘unsafe’ rooms, which also were marred with continuous leakages that ultimately forced the PWD to certify them dangerous.

Among them was a teacher, who said, “It becomes difficult to teach students as four sections are accommodated in the corridors of the ground floor. Moreover, there is an urgent need of temporary blackboards to dole out lessons.”

Officiating in-charge of school, Manju Bala said, “Fans have been installed in the corridors on the ground floor of the building to fetch some relief for students from a sultry weather. We will provide fans on the first floor in a day or two too. We have already informed the district education office about the ‘unsafe’ status of our school’s nine rooms and requested for provision of funds for the construction of new classrooms.”

When contacted, district education officer, secondary, Swaranjit Kaur said, “I will inspect the school building to know the real situation.”

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 14:22 IST