3 classes held together in one room: welcome to Banjarpati govt school  


Asif Iqbal

Srinagar, April 25: Tall claims by the state notwithstanding, government Primary School Banjarpati in Kralpora zone in frontier Kupwara district has fallen to official apathy.

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The school enrolled for over one hundred students has no building of its own and instead is functioning in a house which shelters two households. Students and teachers alike have has to face great difficulties with the institute failing to dispense off the functions in a systematic way.

Ironically, the school authorities have to hold up three standards viz. first, second and third in a single room, while the other two: fourth and fifth standards have to bear it out in the bedroom of one of the households.

The school has three teachers for the five standards with a roll nearing to 105.

“We can’t do justice to the students in such a congested atmosphere,” a teacher wising anonymity said, adding: “It is tough to teach the one class when the other person is simultaneously teaching the other. Although plans have been devised to minimize the loss incurred vis-à-vis the studies, but it is the student who has to face the brunt at the end.”

At times we even go for open air classes, but the area being close to the forest again poses serious threat to the students, he added.

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A delegation led by a local Mohammad Mauzzam Shah told Kashmir Glory that the tall claims of government are of no avail when the students have to suffer like this.

“What more can be said when the students have to study in someone’s bedroom. We appeal the authorities, the education minister and director school education to visit the school as to assess the situation themselves. No rent has been paid for last two years to the owner of the house he said while adding that the mid-day meals haven’t been provided to the students past four months,” the delegation added.

Zonal Education Officer Kralpora, Mumtaz Khan when contacted told Kashmir Glory that they are in constant touch with the authorities to sort out the issue on a fast-track basis.

We even have talked to authorities to dispense off the rent to the owner, he said while adding that the recommendation has also been made regarding the establishment of a school building. The SSA norms demand for only two teachers in a primary school while we have made availability of three, he said.

“As per SSA norms, there should 4 teachers and one master in each middle school. However we have 25 such schools out of 172 where we don’t have masters. Similarly, 23 teacher posts are lying vacant in primary schools. This is because some ReTs left teaching and opt for other jobs.”