PANAJI: With Goa three weeks into the academic year and incessant rains lashing the state, the education department has alerted its officers to be vigilant about safety of students studying in old school buildings.
""It was impressed upon the additional district education inspectors that headmasters be directed to ensure that immediate action be taken by them in case of unsafe buildings where schools are being run,"" director for education D P Dwivedi said.
A circular to the education officers from the education department reads, ""Immediate action should be taken in case of unsafe school buildings so that maximum safety and security is ensured to the students as well as the staff members.""
A survey conducted of facilities in Goa schools by the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) for the state government last year had observed that many of the school buildings being constructed as early as 1961 they are in need repairs/expansion/renovation. The report observed the lack of compound gates in several cases.
Due to slow progress in preparing of estimates for various civil works by the public works department funds to provided Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for repair of school infrastructure has remained underutilized since 2007-08.
According to the statistics of the union human resource development ministry, 4% rural primary schools in Goa are in need of major repairs and one percent urban primary schools require major renovation.