Primary School in Education Minister’s Home District Runs from a Cowshed

Wednesday May 25, 2016


A primary school had been running from a cowshed in the Inderkote area of the home district (Bandipora) of Jammu & Kashmir's Education Minister Naeem Akthar, since 2008. This school was established in the year 2005, as Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) centre and was changed into a Primary School under Sarwa Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in 2008.

Currently it runs with two teachers and 26 students on its rolls. The Education department had been taking an insensitive approach towards the Government Primary School HurraMohalla, despite their promises of streamlining the education system and delivering computer-aided learning to schools.

“Such kind of school is unheard of even in poorest countries. We fail to understand that government spends so much on education department but why there is no building for our children . . . It is a shame for the government which does not take care of schools at grassroots and at the same time it is painful to see concerned authorities acting as mute spectators despite repeated pleas.” Ghulam Mohiudin, an irritated parent said.

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The school doesn't provide any toilet or playground facility. The students are from poor and destitute families and have no other alternative than attend this school and take classes from a littered environment.

“We can’t afford private schooling for our children as we don’t have resources for that. After toiling hard we just are able to feed them two meals. But, now after seeing the callous attitude of the government we are forced to make our children drop out of the schools,” said another parent, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat.

The Deputy Chief Education Officer Bandipora, Nazir Ahmad, replied to questions from the media that the school will be clubbed with Bona Mohalla Middle School in the locality within two days.