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Pathetic condition of government primary schools in Kanpur

Pathetic condition of government primary schools in Kanpur

Ishita Mishra, TNN Jul 30, 2012, 12.32AM IST

KANPUR: The primary schools in the city are making a mockery of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Many schools are running five classes in a single room while other even do not have a proper classroom. The condition of schools in Rawatpur is pathetic.
Several primary schools were running in the vicinity of Rawatpur locality among which Prathmik Vidyalaya at Ganesh Nagar, Rawatpur is worth mentioning. This school runs from class I to V in one classroom. The collective strength of the school is 40.

The school building is in a bad shape while the sanitation scenario is pathetic.
The single bathroom for boys and girls students was badly stinking and full of dirt and filth. The cleanliness of class was also not ensured by the teacher, who probably has nothing to do with the studies and children. The plaster of roof and walls had fallen. The dilapidated structure could collapse.
Furqan Ali, principal of Ganesh Nagar Prathmik Vidyalaya said that the building is a rented one and the authorities have nothing to do with its repair. He added that reports of poor conditions of school were sent to the basic shiksha adhikari and nagar shiksha adhikari after every trimester. "The education authorities know about the condition of school but nothing has been done so far," he added.
A visit to Prathmik Vidyalaya, Rawatpur Pratham opened the other side of the lackadaisical approach of the authorities. This school also had a dilapidated building and poor sanitary conditions. The students are forced to sit outside in the open ground as the classrooms are considered too dangerous.
The school, with collective strength of 50 wore a deserted look as there is no furniture to sit. A handful of students were found playing in the ground. Even no electric connection has been provided in the class hence darkness is the other reason for students and teachers to avoid sitting inside the classroom. "Due to the apathy of education authorities, the school had been shifted in the ground which is meant for playing. The kids are forced to study on floor and under the tree due to unavailability of furniture," principal Abid Husain said.
Three schools are running in the single premises at Rawatpur. The schools are without the boundary walls and stray cattle could be seen roaming. The toilet had no water supply. The lone handpump installed in the middle of the ground also lacked maintenance.
Rawatpur Kanya Prathmik Vidyalaya is also in a bad shape. One of the biggest rooms in the dilapidated building was already in ruins. The children are forced to sit outside. Hedges and wild grass could be witnessed in the premises. An open well located in front of the main building posed greater danger for students. Unhygienic condition of the toilets and poor sanitation also raised eyebrows.
"A number of letters had been written to senior authorities but no remedial steps were taken," principal Rafat Ara said. She added that students refuse to sit inside the classroom due to its dilapidated structure. Even the parents avoid sending kids to school after witnessing the poor condition.
"Poor academic environment can have negative impact on children. But I do not know why the authorities are not bothered for development of primary schools. The poor infrastructure, no teachers, improper seating arrangements and unavailability of books and dresses directly affect the children studying in government primary school. Even teachers do not show interest in teaching," said Alka Shukla, a member of an NGO working for education empowerment.

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