More than 150 girl students, who belong to weaker sections, are compelled to stay and study in the rented premises of a closed movie theatre in Nampalli

The inordinate delay in the construction of the own building of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Nampalli is taking a toll on the education of the inmates of the residential school for girls.

More than 150 girl students of the KGBV, who belong to weaker sections and impoverished families, are compelled to stay and study in the rented premises of a closed movie theatre in Nampalli.

Rented premises

Even more than two years after the sanction of the new building, the departments concerned are yet to ensure the construction of the building forcing the inmates to languish in the rented premises. Though, the building construction was started last year, the contractor abruptly suspended the works at the basement level.

In the absence of separate classrooms, the students are facing severe inconvenience in understanding the lessons due to the conduct of the classes simultaneously in the cinema hall, which was hitherto used for screening films. They are also facing hardships in sharing the accommodation in a single hall devoid of basic facilities to store their personal belongings.

“We could not get a spacious building for rent in Nampalli to accommodate the 153 students,” said a teacher pleading anonymity. Earlier, the school functioned in three separate rented houses. Subsequently it was shifted to the closed cinema theatre under unavoidable circumstances after being asked to vacate their premises by the previous owners, he said.

When contacted, KGBV special Officer G. Yellaiah said, “We are constantly pursuing the issue of early construction of the own building with the departments concerned.” He added that the delay on the part of the contractor was responsible for the present situation. “We were informed that a new contractor would take over the construction works soon,” he said.