Height of govt ap­a­thy: This 17-yr-old school has no build­ing!

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB HINDUSTANTIMES - Anil Sharma

AM­RIT­SAR : Am­rit­sar The so-called govern­ment mid­dle school (GMS) at Chack Bohri vil­lage, around 2 km from the In­dopak fenc­ing line in Aj­nala tehsil has been run­ning for about the past 17 years but, sur­pris­ingly, with­out a build­ing. Stu­dents from around six border vil­lages study­ing in Classes 6 to 8 in the school sit in the open, in win­ter as well as in summer.

There are only a few benches which have been ar­ranged by teach­ers them­selves but they are not suf­fi­cient and stu­dents sit in the open on the ground.

The school came into ex­is­tence in 2001, but ow­ing to the ap­a­thy of the state govern­ment and the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, still it has not got its build­ing.

Though the school prin­ci­pal Sarab­jit Kaur has been con­stantly writing to the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment and de­mand­ing the con­struc­tion of a build­ing, but to no avail. “We have been in­form­ing the depart­ment about the plight of the school stu­dents through Uni­fied In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem for Ed­u­ca­tion (U-DISE) for many years,” said prin­ci­pal .

She said around 100 stu­dents, be­long­ing to poor sec­tions of so­ci­ety, have been study­ing here, but be­cause of no rooms here, they sit in the open.

She said, “Dur­ing rainy days, we shift the stu­dents in a room of the pri­mary school in the vil­lage, near the GMS. But, it be­comes dif­fi­cult for us (four teach­ers) to teach stu­dents in a room along with stu­dents of pri­mary classes as the pri­mary school has also only two rooms.”

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