Sopore school students struggle with flooded premises

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Mar 5: As students across Kashmir joyfully resumed classes following a refreshing winter hiatus, Government Boys High School in Singhpora Pattan, in Baramulla district, faced a stark contrast, grappling with flooded premises that posed significant challenges for both educators and learners.
Students and teachers throughout the Valley enthusiastically welcomed the start of the academic year by organizing vibrant activities within school premises, aimed at extending a hearty welcome to the students.
However, at the Government Boys School in Pattan, the inundated premises presented a significant challenge. “It is truly disheartening that after eagerly returning to school, we are confronted with flooded ground. This has unfortunately become a recurring issue, with classrooms occasionally being submerged. The authorities urgently need to take action,” a student said.
Following the long hiatus, students arrived at the school only to find themselves wading through waterlogged compounds, forced to remove their shoes and socks to reach their classrooms. With over 300 students affected by this neglect, concerns about potential outbreaks of water-borne diseases loom large. “The stagnant water can become a breeding ground for diseases, posing a significant risk to students with weakened immune systems,” another student said.
The students said the persistence of this problem since 2022 underscores the failure of authorities to address it effectively. “Every time it rains, we face waterlogging. We simply want this stagnant water drained out,” students said.
In response to mounting pressure, an official from the Education Department assured: “We are committed to resolving this issue. We will not allow our children to suffer.”