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School bldg left without repairs

Our Correspondent, Noakhali
School bldg left without repairs

The Monosha School in Ramganj upazila of Laxmipur district has a good number of students. But the dilapidated condition of the school building poses danger for students, teachers and other members on the staff.

The school was set up by local people in 1995. The school initially started in a semi–pucca tin-shed house. In 2001, the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) constructed a four-storeyed building. In the 18 years that followed, no repair has been carried out. As a result, the condition of the building has become precarious.

Local residents allege that there was lack of proper supervision and poor quality material was used for construction .

During a recent visit to the school, this correspondent saw pieces of plaster had fallen from the roof, walls and beams. Several cracks have development on the walls and roof.

Rumi Akther, a student, told The Independent: "During heavy rain in April, a piece of plaster fell from the roof while class was on. Luckily, no one was injured."

Normal educational activities have been hampered for long. Students are gradually leaving the school. Teachers and students do not like to attend classes in the open. At present, there are 600 students from class six to ten.

After an application was filed by residents, the local government constructed three rooms. But the number of students increased and there was shortage of classrooms. Upazila administration officials visited the school last year and ensured that steps would be taken. But  nothing has been done so far.

Sumi Akther, a class eight student, said: "Last year, our books were damaged by rainwater seeping through the roof.  But we have to study here, as there is no other school around."

When  contacted, Ramganj upazila education officer, Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, told The Independent: "I am aware about the condition of the school. We will make alternative arrangements after the Eid vacation, and a new building will be constructed."  

 

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