Paddy processing on playground at Adarshapara Government Primary School in Hatibandha upazila is depriving students of a place to play.
Local farmers use the school playground for paddy processing every harvesting period but the school authorities never take any initiative against it due to unknown reason, said people of Adarshapara village.
Students said they pass their leisure time in the classrooms as the playground is used for paddy processing. They demanded freeing the playground from the clutches of the farmers.
Nur Islam, a guardian, said “Our children are deprived of playing at the school ground due to paddy processing.”
Despite repeated pleas, the authorities concerned are yet to take any initiative in this regard, he alleged.
Schoolteacher Nahid Parvin said the students used to play cricket and football at the ground but they cannot do it during the paddy harvesting period.
They asked the growers several times not to use the school playground for processing paddy but the influential farmers did not listen to them, she said.
Farmer Ali Akbar of the village said students have no leisure time to play at present due to their ongoing annual examinations. Due to this, they are using playground for processing paddy during the harvesting period only.
Rokonuzzaman Khan Lavlu, head teacher of the school, said all students are now busy appearing at the final examinations and they have no time to play.
As the school playground remains idle at this time, local farmers are using it for paddy processing, he said, adding that he will not allow anybody to use the school playground next time.