Children enjoy this 'open air' exam centre

The Government Higher Primary School has only nine rooms

Lack of facilities: The students of the Government Higher Primary School at P C Layout in Kolar writing their exam sitting on the ground in front of their school on Wednesday. dh photo

The students literally sat on the sand to write their first semester exam on Wednesday in the absence of any kind of seating arrangements by the school authorities. However, teachers sat comfortable on the chairs to monitor the children.

The reason, however, given by the school authorities was the lack of additional rooms. The school has 9 rooms and 260 children study in the school.

This isn’t the first time students have been made to sit in the ground for the exam, expressed a teacher who said that each time during the main exam one or the other class students ended up writing in open air due to lack of rooms.

The teacher added that it would be difficult to accommodate all the children in the existing rooms and would be torturing to conduct the exam. Hence, students are always made to sit in the ground during the exam time, he added.

‘Happy hours’
But students seemed to enjoy this ‘new system’ as they happily mixed with their friends and wrote the exam. Even the fact that they were sitting on sand didn’t seem to bother them much.
However, the parents and senior citizens are concerned over the plight of the children. One of the senior citizen said that funds allotted under the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan could be used to construct more rooms in the school where there is no dearth for space.
In spite of this the Department of Public Instructions hasn’t taken any action to construct the rooms, he added.

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