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21 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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School in Jhenidah in a shambles

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Jhenidah
School in Jhenidah in a shambles

While the government has been upgrading educational institutions and nationalised them for expansion of education throughout the country, a number of government primary schools are in a shambles.

The condition of Lalon Shah Government Primary School at Harishpur village of Harinakundu upazila, where poet Lalon Shah was born, is a case in point.

The absence of the help of any political leader, coupled with the primary education department’s apathy, is responsible for the school’s pitiable condition, said locals.

Villagers said the school was set up on the northern side of the village in 1987 by some villagers to ensure primary education for children. Initially, the school building was made with bamboo. A single-storied building with four rooms was built at a cost of Tk. 4.20 lakh in 1994.

The authority used three ordinary-sized rooms as classrooms, while the smaller room was used as the office. It received the recognition as a government primary school in 2013.

When contacted, Abdur Rahim, headmaster of the school, said: “We’ve four teachers out of the sanctioned five. We’ve two shifts for 132 students.”

Speaking on the dilapidated condition of the school building, Rahim said some students and teachers were injured after plaster came off the roof of a class room and fell on them. “Students and teachers have become panicky now,” he added.

Abddur Rahim also said water used to leak from the roof of the school building. “We somehow managed to resolve the problem,” he added.

Rezaul Islam and some other guardians said they were worried about the safety of the students. “We don't have any other alternative and so send our kids to this school only,” one of them said.

They put the blame on local political leaders and officials of the primary education department for the present condition of the school. “We appealed several times to take immediate steps for the safety of the children and demanded immediate construction of the school building. But yet nothing has happened,” said one of them.

SM Abdur Rahman, upazila primary education officer, in Harinakundu said: “The construction works for the new building will start soon.”

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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