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Unsafe school building risks lives of students, teachers 

Unsafe school building risks lives of students, teachers 
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Pulwama: Even as the authorities declared the building as unsafe, the education department continues to risk the lives of students as well as the staff as the officials are not taking any measures in this regard.

The Government Primary school located at Kanikoot C B Nath in Rajpora area of Pulwama districts depicts the indifferent attitude of the education department and the community.

The school building as per the headmaster, Khursid Ahmad was declared unsafe in the year 2014. “But the department has failed to construct new building or provide any alternate accommodation,” he said.

He added that “education department is putting lives of over 50 students and staff at risk by continuing the functioning of the school in an unsafe building, which can collapse any time.”

Locals said the future of hundreds of poor students studying in government schools of the southern Kashmir districts is in uncertainty due to lack of proper accommodation, teaching staff and other amenities.

“Poor students enrolled in government schools, in far flung areas of four southern Kashmir districts are facing difficulties in procuring one of their fundamental rights – Education. The quality of education is declining due to the government apathy,” they alleged.

The students enrolled here are facing several problems due to improper toilet and drinking water facility apart from lack of a playground.

The headmaster of the school said that he is also concerned about the future of the children but unfortunately the department has failed to take any concrete step towards the betterment of these poor students.

“Zonal Education Officer and other officers have been visiting here since 2014 and have been promising that building will be reconstructed soon however, their promises on ground proved a hoax,” he said.

“I along with locals have been visiting the offices of higher authorities to get the issue solved but it seems the department is not serious regarding the future of these poor students,” he added.

He further added that school building is located at a steep slope and in extreme weather situations we have to close the school to prevent any adversity.

Chief Education Officer (CEO) Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad said that the construction of the building was delayed due to the shortage of funds.

“I have forwarded list of all such buildings to higher authorities several times but we are yet to get funds for the reconstruction of these school buildings,” he said.

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