When clouds, many schools remain closed!

140 primary schools buildings in Jhenidah in awful state

Whether the clouds seen in the sky, the students of many primary schools in Jhenidah observe holiday as the schools remain closed to avert any untoward incident. On the other hand, teachers are taking classes in many schools under open to 

avert risk. 

A total of 140 schools in Jhenidah out of total 907 are at risk which could cause fatal accidents for lives and properties of the minor students and their teachers. Buildings of the schools are not reconstructed for decades of years.

Visiting a number of schools, it was found that the shade of the tine-shed building were rusty and damaged badly where rain water falls. Huge cracks were developed on the roofs that might collapse anytime leaving hundreds of lives of the minor learners and teachers.

Although the matter was notified to the higher authority repeatedly, no solution has been made yet.

Kharikhali Government Primary School in Jhenidah is risky where the academic activities has been continuing for last couple of years. There is no health-friendly latrines in the school. The students leave the school to respond the natural calls when necessary. Headmaster Sajeda Khatun said that established in 1904, the school was nationalised in 1973. The tin-shed was damaged badly. Three tin-shed classrooms were totally damaged. The matter was noticed to the higher authority time and again, she said.

The same situation prevailing in Jotarpara Government Primary School at Kaliganj upazila. Plaster was decayed from the walls and the roofs that might collapse any time. The building affected by earthquake about four years ago. Since then the academic activities was running there. But now it is so risk, said headmaster of the school Ashit Kumar Ghosh. The condition of Mailbaria Government Primary School under Nepa union of Moheshpur upazila is not different. Acting headmaster of the school Shahidul Islam said this tin-shed school was established in 1953 which was nationalized in 1973.

 Out of six classrooms, four were declared abandoned two years ago. The teachers are running the school in two classes with risk, he added.According to sources of district primary education office in Jhenidah, there 16 government primary schools in Jhenidah sadar, 38 in Kaliganj, four in Kotchandpur, 11 in Moheshpur, 29 in Harinakuandu and 42 government primary schools in Sailkupa upazila are in risky. District primary education officer (DPEO) Akteruzzaman said that academic activities were stopped in the dilapidated and risky schools and specific rooms as they were declared abandoned. They sent the list of the vulnerable schools to the ministry.