The works on a 10,000 sq ft building with ramp facilities will be over by next academic year

Braving chilly weather, girl students of Standards VI to X sit in the open to learn their lessons.

This has been the practice for these students of the Government Girls High School here for the last three academic years.

The school is functioning from the Government Girls Higher Secondary School from 2010-11 academic year, as the main school is very crowded.

Delay

Inordinate delay in construction of school building at Seetharam Nagar (Ward 26) in Hosur Municipality was said to be the main reason.

The strength of the school was 735 with 16 sections. The main school has given only eight class rooms, said Y. Pandurangan, headmaster of the High School.

The women teachers are using the space under the stair case as staff room.

S. Suganya, Chief Educational Officer, told The Hindu that a school building for about 10,000 sq ft (11 class rooms) with ramp facility was being constructed on 2 acres at a cost of Rs. 51.82 lakhs.

The funds were sanctioned by the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

The funds are shared between the Union and State governments in the ration of 75:25.

The RMSA had sanctioned 13 schools (which were upgraded as high schools from middle schools) in the district under the scheme.

For each school, it had sanctioned Rs. 58.12 lakhs, including Rs. 5.3 lakhs for furniture and laboratory equipment.

High schools at ZhuZhuwadi in Hosur block and B. Lakkasandiram in Thally block were opened two months ago.

Construction works of other high schools were progressing.

But the construction work of the high school at Seetharam Nagar was progressing at snail’s pace.

Scarcity of availability of river sand and labour problems were said to be the reason for the delay in construction work.

Ms. Suganya said that the construction work was entrusted with a member of the School Management Development Committee, Y. Subramanian.

Sponsors

Since, the money allotted was insufficient, the committee has been advised to look for sponsors to finish the work.

The Ministry too was insisting that the government should construct school buildings with community participation, she said.

M. Mare Gowdu, chairman, Parent-Teachers Association, and a member of the committee told The Hindu that the association and the committee would take every effort to finish the construction work before the end of the current academic year.

“We will ensure that the school reopens on its new premises from the next academic year.’’

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