PONDA: Around 200 students from the government school at Dhavshire-Usgao boycotted classes conducted at an underconstruction residential building, on Thursday morning, to protest against the pathetic conditions provided to them. Their parents also joined the protest.
Since April 2016, classes from 5 to 10 of the government school are being conducted at the underconstruction residential building.
The renovation work of the government school building is done at an estimated cost of around Rs 1.8 crore and was scheduled to be completed in six months, but even after 10 months the work is still pending.
According to a parent Pran Gaude, “For the last few months labourers working on the project were reduced by GSIDC. It is learnt that 90 per cent of the renovation work is completed and GSIDC is taking a long time to give finishing touches to the school.”
“We are forced to take the step to resolve the issue as our children are facing a lot of inconvenience studying in the underconstruction residential flats,” he said.
Students are using toilets from other buildings and the classrooms are too small to cater to 40 students in each class. Even electrification in the building is not in place, stated the parents.
Out of 200 students, 60 per cent are girls and are accommodated in six rooms of two flats, with one staffroom for teachers. The rooms in the underconstruction flats have provision for toilets, but they are not in proper condition. Students said that even drinking water facility is not there in the school. The teachers too are facing a lot of difficulties to teach students under such poor conditions.
After protesting outside the old school building in the morning, PTA members visited the education department in the evening to apprise the education director.
According to PTA members, the education director Gajanand Bhat has assured them that he would expedite the renovation work and have asked for 7 days to complete the pending work.
When contacted, Bhat said, “I have assured the PTA members of the school to resolve the issue within seven days. I am aware that the renovation work of the school is going on at a slow pace and a meeting was held with GSIDC to enquire about the same. GSIDC has said that it would take another seven days to complete the pending work.”