Govt Middle School Chokar functions from unsafe building


The Government Middle School Chokar in this north Kashmir town in Baramulla district functions from an unsafe building. 
The two buildings of the school are situated on either sides of a Link Road at Chokar and have six rooms, including an office and a kitchen. However, both the buildings suffered damage during 2005 earthquake and have not been repaired since then. These buildings have developed cracks and one can easily make out that these are unsafe structures.     
There is the scarcity of classrooms in the school and a kitchen meant for mid-day meals has been converted in to a class room. The students of class 6th take their regular classes in kitchen and often complain of suffocation. "We are choked here. There is no space and students are often overlapped on each other," said a student of class 6th. 
In the absence of School ground, the students here have never witnessed any sports activity and they often miss the opportunity of participating in sports events.
The “lackadaisical attitude “ of the authorities towards the school can be gauged from the fact that school is without school head and a sweeper from past several months and students often have to perform the sweeper’s duty.
Ulfat, a class 7th student said: “In the absence of a sweeper, students are cleaning rooms turn by turn and this practice is continuing from the past several months.” 
Despite both the school buildings being unsafe, the education department has clubbed two more schools in the same building. These schools include Government primary school Alipore and primary school Wani mohalla. 
"Despite knowing that both school buildings are unsafe, the Education department has accommodated students of  two more schools in the building," said Ghulam Hassan, a local resident. 
He said, "Students of three schools are now at risk.” 
Abdul Rashid, a local resident while talking to Greater Kashmir said, “The school building was constructed around five decades ago and most of the locals here are pass out from this school only.”
When contacted Chief Education Officer Baramulla, Mushtaq Ahmad said, “I will get detail of the school and will definitely try to solve the problem if any, associated with the institution.”