Angry over the lack of proper building and infrastructure, the students of Madhya Pradesh government school locked the institute and started protesting demanding for a bigger school building and better infrastructure.
This is the story of Naharpur Higher Secondary School located in Gaurihar block in MP. The school has just four rooms despite its status shows 'upgraded' on official papers.
From the last 30 years the school is running with just 4 rooms in it.
"The school was initially up to Std. 8. It was upgraded as a high school (till Std. 10) in 1987 and later as a higher secondary (till Std. 12) in 2013. But it has just four rooms and all our requests for constructing a proper building has gone unheeded all these years" said local sarpanch Jairam Patel yesterday.
"Miffed over the lack of a proper building and other necessary infrastructure, a group of students put a lock on the school's gate and launched an indefinite sit-in on Monday in front of the institute," Patel said.
“The dharna will continue till our demands are met. “We submitted a memorandum through the sub-divisional magistrate to the collector five days back, but nothing happened. This forced students to launch the agitation,” he asserted.
The state government has acknowledged that many schools in the Madhya Pradesh are running without proper building and infrastructure.
“We admit there is a shortage of school buildings in the state. We have earmarked Rs 85 crore in the budget for developing infrastructure for such schools. I will soon look into the demands of agitating students at Naharpur,” Minister of State for School Education Deepak Joshi told PTI.
“The students had been demanding a proper school building since the last 30 years, but nothing has happened. In just one room, students of three different classes study,” Shivam, a Class 10 student, said.
“There is no proper drinking water facility, no adequate teaching staff and laboratory. Students from nine villages situated in the area are studying in the school,” the sarpanch said.
Block education officers and other officials rushed to the school after getting the information that agitated students have locked the school and assured the students that administration will look into the demands of the students.