Govt Middle School Kakapora operates with just three rooms

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School children doing their homework
Kashmiri school children doing their homework while sitting on wooden logs on their way home

PULWAMA — The Government Middle School in Pulwama’s Kakapora is operating out of three rooms, causing immense hardships to students as well as teachers.

Residents of the area told the news agency KNO that the building of the school got damaged in the 2014 floods following which an NGO constructed two makeshift rooms. They said that now the two rooms have been bifurcated into four small rooms and two to three classes are being held there while the fourth one has been turned into a kitchen meant for mid-day meals.

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They said that the school was upgraded to an upper primary school in 2004 but the government has failed to enhance the infrastructure of the school.

Fayaz Ahmad, a local resident, said that about 90 students are admitted to the school from primary to Class 8th and all the students are cramped in three rooms.

Residents said that the school has no playground or other facilities for students to participate in extracurricular activities. Students said that they are not able to concentrate on their studies as classes are bifurcated by plywood sheets.

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Locals said that they have informed authorities time and again that state land is available in the area where the government can construct the new building.

An official of the Education department acknowledged that state land is available and a demarcation process has been started. He said that a new building for the school will come up soon.

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