Damaged by 2014 floods, Kakapora school building yet to be reconstructed


A school building damaged during the devastating 2014 floods in Kakapora village has not been rebuilt yet, causing difficulties to the primary school children. 
Without the main building of the government-run primary school at Pulwama district’s Ukhoo Kakapora village the students and teachers alike grapple with lack of space.
"The walls of the building caved in while the ceiling and windows got completely destroyed after it was hit by the floods," said Bashir Ahmad, a resident. 
He said that although the students were shifted to another small building, their studies suffer due to lack of sufficient space.
Another resident said that the lack of infrastructure was also responsible for the significant fall in student enrolment. 
"Many parents stopped sending their wards to the school as all the students used to be squeezed into two small classrooms" he said. 
Most of the students in this non-descript village come from families of economically weak background; they are unable to move to expensive private schools in the area.
"Our village comprises nearly 300 households and most of us do menial jobs to scrape out a living. For our children it is schooling either at the same place or no schooling at all," said Ahmad.
Residents have appealed the authorities for rebuilding the damaged school and construct a boundary wall around it. 
Chief Education Officer Pulwama, Nasim-ul-Gani, however, said that department had abandoned the old school building and was planning to dismantle it. 
"The school is functioning smoothly in another building," Gani said, adding construction of a boundary wall is part of the plan for next year.

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