769 school students attend classes in risky building
LAXMIPUR, May 20: The students of Chandipur Mansha High School are attending classes under risky old building at Ramganj Upazila of the district.
Locals fear that the wall and roof may collapse anytime.
Locals and the school management committee fear that the government approved four-storied building may be transferred elsewhere following the decision of the head teacher of the school.
Md Masum, a guardian of a student of the school, said the head teacher continues education in the risky building, which was abandoned four years back.
Locals alleged that the head teacher Harun-ur-Rashid along with other teachers and members of the management committee are running the activities.
Md Foyez Ahmed, an alumnus of the school, said the school was founded in 1924, and the total students are 769.
He further said the one-storied building built beside the Shaheed Minar in 1995 got cracks in the wall and the roof.
The walls and roofs were repaired for several times, yet bricks collapsed. Water accumulated in the roof damaged the wall.
The students used to do classes under umbrella a few years back. Betel nut and bamboo trees prevent the roof from being collapse. Yet, the building should be demolished.
He further said that if the building is not demolished, there is a chance that the wall and the roof of the building may collapse.
By the demand of the parents, students and locals, Directorate of Education Engineering has included the school in the list to renovate it to a four-storied building.
The head teacher for unknown reason asked to do soil test in the middle of the school field instead of demolishing the old structure.
Students, guardians and locals got angry in this connection.
Guardians and locals on Tuesday went to the head teacher's office to know the reason behind his rigidness. The head teacher did not make any comment and asked them to leave instead. The locals got angry at this and held the head teacher captive at his office.
President of Managing Committee Jahidur Rahman Shahin said he spoke to the locals. He said the locals want to build the new building demolishing the old structure. He said that they have taken steps to build the new structure on the spot of old structure.
He also said that the activities will begin soon.
Besides, he has taken initiative personally to buy 17 decimals of land to improve the education environment.
He also said while constructing the new building, he will take alternative steps so that there will be no hindrance to regular classes.
Secondary School Education Officer of the upazila Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan said they don't want any interruption in the government work. He urged the locals, teachers and management committee to solve the problem soon.