Nuh: Classrooms Missing, 500 Students Forced to Study in Open
Government school in Haryana. Representational Image. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.
In Haryana’s Nuh, the recent case of 500 students being forced to study in the open has bared the condition of the state’s education infrastructure. As reported by The Tribune, the Government Senior Secondary School in Indri village has been lacking a classroom building, which was demolished for two years ago due to its poor condition.
At present, the school just has two rooms — the principal office and the science class-cum-storeroom. Also, the two washrooms are badly damaged. With no classrooms or shelter, the classes remain suspended during the monsoon.
Frustrated with the dire straits the school has been in, angry villagers have threatened to shut it down permanently. “This isn’t a school, but a joke. We have met the authorities, including the MLA, but could not get a new toilet or a room, leave aside the building. The future of our children is at stake. We’ll shut down the school if nothing is done soon,” said Kamal Singh, former sarpanch of Indri village.
Students have had a rough time studying here. Sandhya, a pupil here, said, “We sit in the ground with no boundary wall. Students of different classes are huddled together. We either have to brave harsh summer sun, winter chill or monsoon showers or miss out on the lessons as the classes get suspended. There is no proper washroom for girls, and we must go to our houses to attend to nature’s call. Stray dogs can be seen roaming, and theft of bags has become common.”
Talking to The Tribune, school principal Govind Singh confirmed the plight. “We just have two rooms, and even teachers have to be on the ground the entire day. The building was razed two years ago but was not built again. I somehow got the boundary wall built myself. There are no labs or classrooms, which is affecting the studies.”
Ranked among the most backward districts in the country in a NITI Aayog report on India’s most aspirational districts, the district Nuh (formerly called Mewat) performs poorly on socio-economic indicators such as health, education and infrastructure.
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