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12:00 AM, September 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:30 AM, September 15, 2019

School ground under water

The problem emerged as adjacent highway raised, leaving school land at lower level

Deohata AJ High School beside Dhaka-Tangail highway in Mirzapur upazila goes under water even after a moderate rain, much to the sufferings of students, teachers and other stakeholders.      

The situation started three years ago as the level of Dhaka-Tangail highway had to be raised for conducting work to develop it into a four-lane one from existing two-lane.

Meanwhile, a four-story building was constructed for AJ High School with the money received for acquisition of a portion of its land for the highway development work.

Now the school ground, around four feet lower than the highway, often remains under stagnant water during the monsoon, hampering assembly, sports, and creative activities of 975 students of the school as well as around 500 students of adjacent government primary school, said teachers and students.

They have to take off their shoes and carry it in hand to go to and from school.   

Several students of Class X at the school, including Abu Raihan, Jannatul Ferdous and Sanjida Akter, said they have to often wade through knee-deep water in the school ground to attend classes.

Khorshed Alam, headmaster of the school, said he has written to the education minister, local lawmaker, upazila parishad chairman and chief engineer of the four-lane highway project, informing them about the problem.

President of the school managing committee, freedom fighter Siddiqur Rahman said, “I and the school headmaster have talked to local lawmaker Ekabbar Hossain about the waterlogging problem. The lawmaker told us that it will take some time to solve the problem as the process also involves construction of a separate lane for slow moving vehicles beside the highway.

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