The Schools To Reopen From 2nd August: Not Only Avoiding the Third Covid Wave But Also Leaking Roofs and Tattered School Buildings Pose A Threat For Students

BD Kasniyal/Ajay Ramola
GG News Bureau 
Pithoragarh/ Dehradun, 29th July. The announcement of the opening of the schools in Uttarakhand from second August has instilled fear among the students of the state as they will be facing the challenge of not only avoiding the spread of third Covid wave, but also the leaking roofs, tattered and shabby buildings of schools when they reach schools from August 2, this year in Uttarakhand.
In Pithoragarh and Champawat districts the situation looks grim than other parts of the state.
“We have over 27 such intermediate colleges in the district where the ceiling of schools are leaking in monsoon rains these days.” We have sent a proposal of Rs 56.91 lakh for repairing these schools to government, but the proposal is yet to be sanctioned. “said RC Purohit, chief education officer Champawat.
According to Chief education officer, the main GIC of district at Lohaghat is also among such shattered buildings.” Every year the college students are compelled to sit under leaking ceiling and damaged building that pose a threat to the students, “said DK Mishra, principal of the school.
According to the education department sources, several schools situated on Tanakpur Champawat highway are also witnessing land subsidence after the road was widened recently increasing the risk of collapse, “said the district education officer.
According to Block education officer of Didihat in Pithoragarh district, several schools in Didihat subdivision have gone Shattered due to been closed from last 2 years.
“The condition of primary school at Malaseema in Didihat is highly sensitive from collapsing points of view and we cannot risk lives of 13 students studying in this school, the new building of school has to be constructed under district plan, but the budget is yet to be sanctioned. “Said PL Tamta, block education officer of Didihat sub division.
The situation in other districts of the state is also similar as the government schools have remained shut for long periods due to Covid 19 Lockdown restrictions and have not undergone repair work said Nima Rawat a mother of six year old child who studies in one of the schools here.
We will not send our wards to the school until the ceilings are not repaired as we cannot risk their lives in case the ceilings cave in while they are studying in the school said Gayatrui Devi from a village in district Tehri.

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