2 rooms, both in shambles, GGMS Bhatiyan students study under open sky

Sumit Bhargav
Rajouri, Publish Date: May 25 2018 12:56AM | Updated Date: May 25 2018 12:56AM
2 rooms, both in shambles, GGMS Bhatiyan students study under open skyFile Photo

Around 80 students of Government Girls Middle School (GGMS) Bhatiyan in Rajouri district are forced to study under the open sky as the two rooms of the school are in shambles.   

The prominent people of Bhatiyan in Thanamandi Zone claimed that they have apprised the education authorities about the condition of school many times “but the repeated requests fell on the deaf ears.”

A villager said that one of the school rooms was damaged recently, but the same was partially repaired by the school staff. The other room, he said is also in bad condition as water seeps in from the rooftop to the foundation of the building during rainy season. 

He said that the new building for the school was sanctioned back in 2012, but the contractor, who was allotted the construction work, after laying the plinth, abandoned the work midway.

“Since then, no effort has been made to restart the construction work on the school building,” the villager said. 

The Bhatiyan residents also claimed that besides problems related to sitting arrangements, the GGMS students don’t have the access to the drinking water supply.  

“Since the school has no water supply connection, students fetch water from a nearby shrine. Time and again, the PHE department authorities have been requested to provide the water supply connection but all in vain,” said another villager. He further said that the district administration has constructed the toilets in the schools, “but they are unused till date due to non-availability of water in the school.”  

When contacted, in-charge ZEO Thanamandi, Abdul Qayoom Nadvi, said, “The higher authorities are very much aware about the miserable condition of school as they have been apprised about the problems being faced by the students time and again. What else I can do other than telling the authorities?” 


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