Students of six different standards are taught in a single bamboo hut at Paschim Deusunga Prathamik Vidyalaya in Deusunga
Students of six different standards are taught in a single bamboo hut at Paschim Deusunga Prathamik Vidyalaya in Deusunga|EastMojo image
ASSAM

Whither development? This 33-year-old Assam school says it all

Established in 1987, this school in Baksa dist with 78 students and 2 teachers lack basic amenities. Students have to drink water from a nearby irrigation canal

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: At a time when development in the education sector has been a promise and prime agenda for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led governments both at the Centre and the state, the present condition of a government-run lower primary (LP) school along the Indo-Bhutan bordering area of Assam’s Baksa district shows a different story.

Established way back in 1987 and registered with over 78 students till Class VI currently, Paschim Deusunga Prathamik Vidyalaya, situated at Deusunga village of Baksa district, is yet to see development in real meaning of the term despite repeated approach from villagers to the authorities concerned.

There exists a mere hut made out of bamboo in the name of the school building with two government-employed teachers. All students in the school are taught in that single room school building. During heavy flood and monsoon seasons, the school remains closed due to the absence of a proper roof.

In addition, students from the school often fall sick as there is no drinking water facility provided in the premises and they are forced to drink water from a nearby irrigation canal.

Speaking with EastMojo, one of the teachers appealed the government to provide students with some basic educational facilities, a basic concrete infrastructure and drinking water facility keeping the greater interest of the students in mind.

“I appeal the government to provide our students with a concrete infrastructure so that we can continue with our normal classes even during rainy days,” he expressed.

He also pointed out that there is a shortage of teachers in the school looking into the large number of students and subjects taught in the classes.

Meanwhile, expressing grief over the situation, a school student said that they will be very happy if someone manages to solve their hardships by offering some basic facilities. “We urge the government to provide us with a concrete school structure and drinking water facilities at the earliest,” she said.

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