The kids of Model Government Primary School in Chapainawabganj town take classes in a make-shift shed during rain recently as the school building was declared risky and abandoned last year. PHOTO: STAR
Imparting lessons to 750 students of Model Government Primary School beside the School-Club road in the town is badly hampered as the risky school building was declared abandoned in November last year.
During a recent visit to the school, this correspondent saw teachers conducting the second terminal examinations of the students under a makeshift shed made of bamboo and corrugated iron sheets on the school ground.
Many students were seen wet as it was raining.
"We are taking classes and examinations under this shed amid noisy and unhygienic environment, as we have no other alternative," said a teacher of the school.
"I am very much worried as my child does not want to attend classes in such an environment," Modhusudan Bhaskar, a guardian.
Built in 1965, the two-storied school building developed cracks on walls due to lack of renovation.
As the school authorities informed the authorities concerned of the matter, engineers of the facilities department and the local government engineering department visited the school, and after checking, they declared the building abandoned and sealed all the nine classrooms on November 4 last year.
Twelve teachers including the headmaster now conduct classes at the school in two shifts.
"We built temporary tin-shed rooms for running the school. I have submitted a written petition to the district primary education office for solving the problem but no action has been taken yet," said Maruful Islam, headmaster of the school.
The authorities concerned should sanction fund on an urgent basis for construction of a building for the school, said Abdus Sattar Sardar, district primary education officer.