Doda: For many young students in village Sipla of Thatri in Doda district attending Middle School is a risky business. The school building of Govt Middle School Sipla feature worn-out roofs, falling plaster and wall cracks, a state of disrepair that leaves students with one eye on textbooks and another on the building around them, fearful of sudden accident. “I’m really worried about my child,” says one guardian whose son is a student of Government Middile School Sipla in Thatri zone of Doda.
“He doesn’t want to attend classes because of the risky classroom. If classes continue to be held in that old structure then how will my son ever concentrate on his study? Middle School is housed in a one-storied building constructed in 2009-10 and the strength of students is 80. To observe the school’s rooms is to see plaster fallen off, exposed rusty rods, rising damp on the walls and dilapidated ceilings. Several students said they pass their class hours amid worry as the roof is in a bad condition. The old building has become risky but no step has been taken to shift the classes to a safe place, alleged students. “We have no option but to hold classes in the risky building,” says a teacher at the school in the condition of anonymity. But the structure’s condition makes many students as well as teachers afraid, not surprising since chunks of plaster often fall from the ceiling. All of the rooms are unfit for classes due to cracks developed in the roof and walls. “We have submitted a written petition to the senior officers in this regard,” he says.
It is worthwhile here that the school doesn’t have even a single facet to be called a school. Its windows are broken, the rooftop is party shattered and the walls have worn out. To mention here that damage in the pillars makes the building vulnerable to collapse anytime. Since its establishment, the school has been without electricity, a playground,and other basic fasulties