Jahangeer Ganaie

 Govt High School Manchama Tral faces space crunch, allege locals

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Say work on new building going on at snail’s pace

Pulwama: Strange it may sound but it is fact that Govt High School Manchama in Tral area of Pulwama district is working from a three room structure due to which both students and teachers are facing problems.

Locals from the area said that school lacks basic infrastructure due to which the students studying there are facing many difficulties in pursuing studies.

The school has an enrollment of about 150 students who are crammed in three rooms, exposing the educational standards of the department, they said.

The school lacks every basic facility and has no facets to be called as an educational institution.

They said the basic issue is that despite the passage of about two decades since upgradation of the school was announced, the authorities have failed to construct any other structure there.

The school is facing accommodation crunch and the teachers here can’t provide proper facilities to the students enrolled here, the locals said.

The school has only three rooms where teachers have to adjust around 150 students, how two or three teachers can teach students of three classes in a single room simultaneously, they asked.

Manzoor Ahmed, a local resident said that the government focuses more on showcasing achievements in the education sector but there is no development visible here in this area.

Although the staff members are doing their best to provide quality education to the enrolled students but the dearth of basic facilities has got them concerned, having no answers to the anguish of the students, he said.

Compared to other Government schools, the school has a good number of students enrolled which makes it imperative for the concerned authorities to take immediate steps in order to provide them quality facilities, he said.

All students studying here belong to financially weak families so authorities must take immediate steps to ensure quality education for these poor students, he added.

The locals said that they have in the past apprised the concerned authorities about the issue several times following which construction of a new building was announced last year.

They said construction work was also started but in last one year even plinth hasn’t been completed as work remains on halt for months together.

They said if the pace of work will continue to remain same, it won’t be completed even in decades.

The locals have now requested concerned authorities to look into the matter at an earliest so that poor students won’t suffer anymore.

Meanwhile, an official of the education department said that they will direct concerned construction agency to expedite the work so that students will feel some relief.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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