Dharamshala, Feb.8 : A school in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra District is being run in such horrible conditions that it could best be termed as a place to discourage education among children instead of encouraging them.
Located in Kangra's Makrahan Village, the school lacks any building and thus being run in the open. The extreme weather conditions have made students' lives miserable, as they often sit on the floor to study.
Opened in 2003, the school has 80-odd students and five teachers. But it lacks any building or properly built classroom to conduct regular classes. Let alone the land, it does not have its own space even to hang the name board of school.
Though funds have been sanctioned for the school building, the red-tapism has been a big hindrance.
One feels compelled to admire the students' endurance to carry on attending the school despite all sorts of distractions and disturbances.
"In even extremity of winters, we have to sit on frosty ground. Lots of my friends have become sick due to severe weather. There is no building for our school," said Saurabh, a standard six student.
Students find it difficult to sit on ground in chill weather and shiver all the day.
On their part, the teachers point out that their school has been sanctioned a government grant but the conditions stipulate that the institution should own some land to build it.
Ironically, in Makrahan, there is neither any government land for the school nor the locals are keen to part with their land.
"Since four years, there has been no building for this school. Children sit in open. There is a room, which is used when weather is bad and then three classes are taken together. It's a big problem for students and more so for teachers who have to teach three different levels together," said Savita Guleria, a schoolteacher.
hen the condition of the school in Makrahan was brought to the notice of the Deputy Director of Education, he said that funds had already been sanctioned for construction of two rooms and 'necessary' enquiries were being made.
"At the time of sanctioning, Panchayat (village committees) files an affidavit to provide the (landlord) building. When I came to know about the issue, I sanctioned 2.3 lakh rupees to construct two rooms which has been sent to BDO, the rooms will be constructed soon," said O. C Dhiman, the Deputy Director of Elementary Education in Kangra District.
How soon will be "soon" (months or years), one can never say! By Akhilesh Bharti