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Middle school in Pulwama has three rooms for 9 classes

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Pulwama: A Government Middle School in Kakapora Zone of Pulwama district is functioning from three rooms which has left the students at the receiving end.
The residents of the area said that the building of the school was damaged during 2014 devastating floods following which an NGO constructed two makeshift rooms.
“Now these two rooms have been converted into four small rooms and two to three classes are being adjusted in kitchen meant for mid day meals,” a local resident said.
They said the school was upgraded to upper primary school in year 2004 but government has failed to upgrade the infrastructure of the school.
Imtiyaz Ahmad a local resident said that there are around 90 students enrolled in the school from KG to 8th and students of these 9 classes are cramped in three rooms only.
“One can easily understand, how, student of different classes can be taught in a single room,” he said.
The residents said that the school has no playground and other facilities for students to take part in extracurricular activities.
They said that the students remain crammed inside the small space.
Students also said that they get disturbed as two classes go simultaneously in a room partitioned by a piece of plywood sheet.
“It becomes hard to concentrate on a topic as noise from the other side of the plywood sheet disturbs us and the students on the other side too get disturbed by the noise of our class,” the students said.
Locals said that they have informed authorities about the grave issue number of times.
“State land is available in the area where government can construct new building, however, there has been no improvement on the ground,” the locals said.
Meanwhile Chief Education officer Pulwama Nazir Ahmad said that they were recently informed about the availability of state land there demarcation process has been started as well.
“A new building will be constructed in the area very soon which wi resolve the problem,” he said.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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