Bandipora, Nov 18: The merger of five government schools into a single girls middle school in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district has triggered “overcrowding” in classrooms.
Details available, revealed that the four primary schools and one middle were merged with Girls Middle School Ajar, which is about half a kilometre from the district headquarters. Running out of three rooms, the Middle School, headless for the last many years, accommodated 120 students.
“Now we are asking students to attend the school shift-wise. We know it will affect the students but we have no option,” teacher said.
Parents of students are equally worried over the state of affairs. They claim the problem has not been addressed despite their repeated requests to the government.
“We are unable to understand that despite so many schemes and slogans to provide education to all, why are the authorities spoiling the future of our children? ” asked a group of parents whose wards are admitted in the school.
Students said that the building is not safe as water from adjoining streams seeps into classrooms while demanding a new building for the school.
An official said they will address the issue soon.