17 pry schools at Bauphal turn risky for lack of renovation
BAUPHAL, PATUAKHALI, Apr 16: At least 17 primary schools in Bauphal Upazila of the district have become risky for lack of renovation for long.
Almost every day plasters from wall are falling, and it is posing threat to students and teachers.
Experts said most of the schools have become risky long before the scheduled time due to poor construction. The concerned officials are responsible in this connection, they also said.
They demanded legal action against the corrupt officials.
While talked, Head Teacher of Kalaiya Board Government Primary School Iqbal Kabir said the school was established in 1894. The government built a cyclone shelter beside the school in 1972. Since then the cyclone shelter cells are being used as classrooms.
He also said cracks have developed in the school building. Students are attending classes amid life risk.
He added, a few days back, students of class three and four were studying in two rooms of the cyclone shelter-cum-school when a part of the building collapsed, spreading panic among students.
Assistant Teacher of Ali Akbar Adarsha Government Primary School Mizanur Rahman said a building in the school was built in 1998. Plasters started to fall apart for some days during the construction. Now, academic activities are going on amid risk.
Head Teacher of Madhya Dashapara Government Primary School Fazlul Haque said the academic building of the school was constructed in 1995. In just 24 years, the building has turned risky.
Seeking anonymity, a leader of Bauphal Upazila Primary Teachers' Association said many schools have become vulnerable within a few years as those were built with low quality materials. He demanded trial and punishment of the corrupt officials.
Upazila Education Officer Riazul Haque said, "We have prepared a list of deplorable and risky schools and sent it to higher authority."