A primary school in a dilapidated condition

When all the nearby city schools have good physical infrastructure, the children of Karaparamba Government Lower Primary School are a neglected lot. For more than 10 years, the students who secure admission in this school have to cope up with poor facilities at this old school building, which has no fitness certificate even to ensure their safety.

Though the Education department often holds discussions with the people’s representatives and their higher authorities, the plight of the 25-year-old building somehow eludes a decision. Corporation officials who declared the building unfit are yet to come up with an alternative arrangement to shift the students and undertake necessary renovation works on the building. Leaders of various residents’ associations from the area point out that the number of students securing admission at the 100-year-old institution is coming down every year with the apathy of the Education Department and the Corporation to provide better facilities. “Now there are only 17 students and four teachers at this school,” they add.

A residents association leader from Karaparamba says that they often donate books, bags and umbrellas to all the students as they have no one to care for from the government sector. “All of them belong to financially backward families and only a few benevolent people from the area fund their basic needs,” he adds.

Question on shifting of the school

Though a meeting of people’s representatives and Education department officials was held at Karaparamba recently to discuss the possible arrangements to shift the school, no decision was taken.

According to officials, the mobilisation of the required funds to construct a new building was the main issue. People’s representatives too would not be able to contribute to the cause as most of them had already allocated their local development funds for other projects, they add.

V. Asokan, Secretary of the School Development Committee, which was formed to take up the issue with the authorities, says if the government is not willing to bear the expenses, then the committee will mobilise it through public contributions. “For the construction of a temporary school building, we will have to find at-least Rs.8 lakh and there are no other quick alternatives before us,” he adds.

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