“Ab hamare school ka bhi building hoga, achha kamra hoga (Soon, our school will also have a building and nice rooms),” said an elated Alauddin, a Class VIII student of a government-aided school in north Delhi.
Alauddin took admission into the school when he was in class 1 and since then he has seen the school always out of room for classes and with tin shades and tin roofs on top of the head.
This is the story of Qaumi Senior Secondary School which has 700 students and only 35 teachers and is functioning like this from last 40 years.
The school's original building was destroyed in the emergency of 1976 and since then Eidgah has been the refuge for them.
The management of the school has been running from pillar to post pleading the government to build them a new building for the school and after three decades of running and pleading they finally got relief when high court cam to their rescue.
The plea was filed by the Firoz Bhakt, a teacher and activist and after hearing the plea the HC asked the government to look into the possibility of allotting a land for the school. The school is Urdu medium.
In the absence of proper school building and lack of space, classes VI to XII are held in the morning and primary classes are held in the evening. When students have to use the washroom they use the one attached to the mosque.
“The school used to run out of a five-story building at Sarai Khalil. During Emergency, the building was demolished. All the others living there were rehabilitated at Inderlok or Ghazipur, but not the school. Every government came by promising to help out but never did anything. We are grateful to the court and hope something happens,” said Abdul Malik Quereshi, manager of the school.