Students of a government primary school in Sadar upazila have been attending classes in the open for about a year now, as the school building was declared abandoned on 30 June last year after cracks developed on several places of walls and floors.
The classes take place under a makeshift shed made of bamboo and polythen,e hampering education and threatening health of 196 students of 130 No. Dakkhin Rajagaon Government Primary School at Rajagaon village.
During a recent visit to the spot, this correspondent saw assistant teachers Zakia Sultana and Momen Chandra Barman were giving lessons to the students of class III and class V under the same shed ercted on the school ground. The students were sitting on gunny sacks spread on dusty ground.
Very often the shed remains full of dust as motorbikes, power tillers and tractors cross by the school built next to an earthen road.
Some kids were seen sneezing while the female teacher put a piece of cloth on her nose when dust particles fly in the air due to vehicular movement.
A few days ago the classes were suspended due to rain at about 11:00am. All the students took shelter in a room of the abandoned building, said a teacher.
Hari Prashad Barman, headmaster of the school, said the cracks developed in the academic building in April, May last year.
We informed the matter to Upazila Education Officer, Upazila Assistant Engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) on 6 May in 2013, he said.
In response, the Upazila Engineer of LGED Harikangkar Mohonta declared the academic building abandoned on 30 June.
After that we made the temporary shed to take classes, the headmaster said. But the problem is yet to be resolved, he added.
Contacted, assistant engineer of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila LGED Nuruzzaman Sardar told this correspondent that they had prepared an estimate for erecting a temporary shed at a cost of Tk 2 lakh as per order of Director General of Primary and Mass Education and recently handed it over to Thakurgaon upazila primary education officer.