Poor school infrastructure affects education of students in Kulgam village
Kulgam: The tall claims of government about providing special attention towards education sector is proving to be a hoax in rural areas.
Though the school education department is claiming improvement in the infrastructure, a school building constructed in 1960 in a Kulgam village is in such a dilapidated condition that it is affecting the education of over 200 poor students.
The three room school building of Government middle School Nandi Marg in Damhaal Hanjipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district negates the government’s tall claims of giving fillip to the education sector in the state.
“The school continues to function in the same old damaged building constructed at the time of its establishment as primary School in 1960,” said a teacher, wishing to remain anonymous.
Locals and the staff rue the poor infrastructure including lack of space for holding classes. “50 years after the school was established, the infrastructure of the institution remains the the same as that of the Middle School,” another staffer of the school said.
He said that lack of space is affecting the education of the students enrolled in the school. “For the 200 students enrolled in the institution in different classes-only three rooms are available. Most of the times students have to attend the classes under open sky, he said while adding that sometimes classes had to be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.
The locals said the institution seems to have been upgraded on papers only.
“It is an irony that after the up-gradation of the school, no additional building was constructed for it despite the availability of seven kanals of land for infrastructure development of this middle school,” said an insider.
Locals alleged that lack of infrastructure in the school has forced a large number of poor students to discontinue their studies as they cannot afford to seek education in private schools.
Locals allegedly said that three times MLA Noorabad Abdul Majeed Padder has visited to this school and has assured that the school building will be constructed but still the building was not constructed and students are suffering especially in bad weather when they are forced to stay back at their homes.
Meanwhile, Zonal Education Officer, Kulgam Attaullah Khan while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that they have forwarded the proposal to upgrade the infrastructure of this school to higher authorities.
“However, we have not received any instructions so far,” he added.