MENDHAR, Feb 21: Since it was established some 40 years ago, the Government Girls High School, Harni in Poonch has never seen any renovation or up-gradation.
The school has produced a battery of intellectuals among whom several are serving on higher positions in the state and outside, but presently, this school building is in dilapidated condition.
There are 324 students on roll, with the staff strength of 24. The school has seven rooms, which have been declared unsafe by the concerned agency.
Surprisingly, there is no laboratory or library in the school while the classes are mostly conducted in the open due to the fear of collapse of rooms any time. There are no washrooms/ toilets in the school, according to locals.
The pathetic condition of the school can be gauged from the fact that in the absence of basic infrastructure, the locals residing near the school have started encroaching its compound, as the school has no boundary wall. The room of the Headmaster witnesses water logging during the rains.
The locals of the area said that as the school has been one of the oldest schools in Harni zone and has produced several famous personalities, it should have been upgraded and renovated by now. They appealed to the Director School Education Jammu to take the cognizance of the matter and take necessary measures without further delay.
Headmaster of the School, Mohammad Sadeeq when contacted said that he has left no stone unturned to apprise the higher authorities about the dilapidated condition of the school. “But my pleas went unheard for reasons best known to them,” he maintained.