'Govt schools' condition despicable'

In ZP: Special meeting to discuss situation of schools

'Govt schools' condition despicable'

Despicable conditions of several government schools in the district received flak from Zilla Panchayat members at the General Body Meeting here on Tuesday.

Following this, ZP President Ka Pu Siddaveerappa said, a special meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and Education will be convened ‘within a week’ to discuss the issues affecting the schools.

Several members criticised official apathy in addressing the issues affecting government schools.

To a question by member Kalpana Dhananjay on the dilapidated condition of a school in Mudiguppe village in K R Nagar taluk, officials of the Department of Public Instruction replied that they were awaiting confirmation letter from the Assistant Executive Engineer concerned to demolish it and build new classrooms.

Objecting to this reply, member C T Rajanna questioned, who should be held responsible if the dilapidated structure collapses while the children are inside the building?

Of the 37 issues slated to be discussed at the meeting, 16 were related to the condition of government schools.

Member Dr Nagaraj said, discussions were held at the ZP to demolish dilapidated classrooms in 631 schools and rebuild them. “However, nothing has been done till date. So, students in some schools have been forced to sit outside for classes,” he added.

Some of the schools feared to ‘collapse’ are Government Higher Primary School, Hinkal; Government School, Hediyala village in Nanjangud taluk; Government School, Koppa village in Periyapatna taluk; Government School, Byrapura village in T Narsipur taluk; etc.

An incident where the ceiling of a school collapsed over children at the government school in Tippur of K R Nagar taluk was mentioned.

Complaints

The members complained that the ill-state of schools was common throughout the district and was not restricted to a few taluks. “Even compounds built around the schools have collapsed,” they complained.

They urged the district administration to take up repair works immediately, as there were chances of school walls and compounds collapsing during the rainy season.
Chief Executive Officer P A Gopal said, the ZP would require crores of rupees to repair all schools, but the funds sanctioned under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana is meagre.

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