Students Attending Classes With Fear of Roof Collapse in Kurigram

Subharkuti Government Primary School || Photo: Collected

Subharkuti Government Primary School || Photo: Collected

Due to the structure's poor state, students at Subharkuti Government Primary School in Kurigram district's Sadar upazila attend class while experiencing uneasiness and terror.

Their parents worry about their safety while in class as well.

Locals claim that the school was established in 1944. The government built a two-story structure on the site in 2001.

There are now five professors and 275 pupils.

Several cracks have developed in the building while plaster often falls from the ceiling, creating panic among the students.

The matter was brought to the notice of the higher authorities several times but no initiative has been taken yet.

Md. Asaduzzaman, a student of the school, said, “We were attending our class in a room and then our teachers moved us to another room. If the authorities concerned do not take any initiative soon, an accident may occur anytime.”

Headteacher of the school, Khandaker Tanjina Mamtaz, said several cracks have formed in the beams, walls and roof of the building and plaster of the ceiling often falls. “I have informed the matter to the higher authorities. We are taking classes after moving students to another room but the library and a number of classrooms are in risky condition,” she said.

Upazila Education Officer SM Shariful Islam Khandaker stated, "We have had a meeting on July 23 and a report on the dilapidated condition of the school building will be sent to Dhaka for urgent renovation work."

Upazila nirbahi officer Md. Rashedul Hasan stated, "We have brought the issue to the attention of the Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) office and they are now evaluating the problem. We'll forward the report to the relevant higher authorities as soon as we get it.''

Source: UNB

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