Primary school under river erosion threat | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 20, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:55 AM, October 20, 2020

Primary school under river erosion threat

Students of a government primary school in Sadar upazila of the district is facing uncertainty as the institution is under threat of being washed away due to continuous erosion by the Begbati river.

Established on 33 decimals of land in 1999, there are five teachers and 102 students studying at different classes from Class I to Class V.

Head teacher of Hatbakua Government Primary School Sayeda Parvin said the school ground is facing serious erosion threat as the Begbati river is only 70 to 80 feet away.

Around 60 feet portion of the school ground has already been washed away by the river in the last couple of years, she said, adding that students of the institution cannot play any games and sports.

Moreover, they cannot even arrange students' assembly on the school ground.

Sayeda said the school needs a demarcation wall and its playground should to be filled with earth immediately.

"I have talked to the Sadar upazila education officer several times in this regard, but to no effect," Sayeda said.

Besides, the school has a 100 percent pass rate in the PSC exams for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019.

Papia Khatun, an assistant teacher of the school, said they are worried about the remaining part of the school ground as it is being gradually washed away but authorities concerned are not taking necessary steps despite repeated pleas.

Al-Amin, a Class V student of the institution, said they cannot play sports as most part of the school ground has already been washed away due to river erosion.

Fourth-grader Samia khatun echoed the same.

Acting Sadar Upazila Education Officer Sudhangsu Shekhar Biswas said he will take necessary step in this regard after visiting the school soon.

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