School functions from rented buildings; work on new building is on
Students of Morarji Desai Residential School at Byrapura in Alur taluk have been waiting for a new building so that they can move out of the rented buildings where the school has been functioning since its inception in 2007.
The school is spread across five rented buildings that lack proper amenities. The 232 students as well as staff are forced to make do with just 18 toilets and eight bathrooms. “How can the children take a bath every day,” asked a teacher.
As per the norms fixed by the Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions Society (KREIS), the governing body for all residential educational institutions, there should be one toilet for eight students. Going by this, the school requires at least 29 toilets.
There are 121 boys and 111 girls studying in classes 6 to 10 in the school. They were admitted after writing an entrance test.
The KREIS has issued a timetable, which includes time for outdoor activities. However, there is no playground and no physical education teacher.
There is no mathematics teacher either. “If this is the state of a Morarji Desai school, why should students write an entrance exam and try to get into these schools,” asked Raghu, father of one of the students.
The classrooms are spread across three different buildings. Two buildings double as dining halls. The buildings are quite old with poor protection against rain and wind.
“The new building is coming up. Work is nearing completion. If we shift to the new building, the basic problems will be solved. Students will get enough space,” said K.M. Nagesh, principal of the school.
232 students and staff make do with 18 toilets and eight bathrooms As per KREIS norms, at least 29 toilets are required
232 students and staff make do with 18 toilets and eight bathrooms
As per KREIS norms, at least 29 toilets are required