Fear of building collapse scares school students

Fear of building collapse  scares school students

The Government Higher Primary School in the backward Varahunasenahalli in Shidlaghatta has only three rooms for the 60 students studying in the first to sixth standard.

The school may collapse as rainwater gushes through the damaged ceiling, making it impossible for conducting classes during the rains.

Nor can they sit inside even if the sky is clear and bright, for they are distracted by the fear of the building collapse as the cracks have developed on the wall due to seepage of rainwater from the roof. 

Head Master Bhairappa said: “We conduct the classes inside only if it is not raining. I have brought the issue to the notice of the members of the School Development Monitoring Committee and the Block Education Officer.”

Villagers worried
The residents of Varahunasenahallix are also in a fix as they are worried about the future of their children.

They said, they couldn’t stop sending the children to school though they will be restless till they return home safely.
There is no proper public conveyance to send the students to some other schools in the neighbouring villages, with better facilities.

Fun and fear
The students, though enjoy playing in the rainwater, share the fears of their parents and teachers.

“We found it fun to play in the waterlogged classrooms till the cracks developed in the wall and holes in the ceiling became larger,”said Srikant studying in the sixth standard.
He said they get drenched when it rains even if they are sitting inside the classroom.
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