Functioning from two rooms, Bemina Govt School craves for new building

A Government School in Bemina which functions in a makeshift shed. -Excelsior/Shakeel
A Government School in Bemina which functions in a makeshift shed. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Waseem Ahmad

Srinagar, Sept 28: Signifying the messy state of affairs in the Education Department, a Government school in Srinagar is functional in shabby two room structure while the enrollment is above 200 students.
Government Girls Middle School at Boatman Colony in Bemina area is located barely a kilometer away from the Chief Education Officer’s (CEO) office but the school is still functioning in pathetic condition.
The school is functioning from a rented accommodation which belongs to a local Auqaf Committee of the Masjid and the school is functional in one office cum kitchen and has only two shabby class rooms.

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Bellying the tall claims of Education Department to improve infrastructural standards in schools, students of four classes are being adjusted in two classrooms. Besides, the school lacks playground, proper drinking water facility and toilets.
The teachers of the school lamented that the structure has no facet to be called as an educational institution. “The school is facing accommodation crunch. We have to adjust four classes in a room. One of the classrooms is adjusted with the Masjid and we have to stop the classes during the time of prayers. It is total chaos. This is the ground situation of the Education Department,” they said.
One of the female teachers on anonymity said that the school has two toilets available which is open for general public as well. “The worst part is that there is no privacy in the school. We have to use toilets that are used by general public as well because they are of Masjid property,” she said.
At a time when officials of the Education Department claim that there is no land available in the city to construct school buildings, the Boatman Colony School has acquired land on their own but the construction of the school building is yet to be finalized.
As per teachers, they identified the land themselves and asked higher authorities for the construction of the building but the construction was not started till date. The land was properly fenced but to our surprise, the construction of the building is yet to be finalized,” one of the teachers said, adding, “even the estimated cost of Rs 1.67 crores was finalized for the construction of the building but the files are still craving for the approval.”
Chief Education Officer (CEO), Mudasir Kaleem Fazili, while admitting the lack of space in the school said that the construction of the new building is on cards and by March next year, the building would be completed. “We were very aware about the condition of the school and last year the land for the school was acquired then this year the land was properly fenced but the construction of the building was not started as it was not in the plans of the department in this financial year. It is on the cards, the estimated amount has been finalized and by March next year, the building would be completed,” he added.