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Usgao students boycott classes protesting slow pace of renovation

Ponda: A government school that gives hundred percent results at SSC has been getting least preference from the authorities since the last nine months.This apathy has earned the ire of over 200 students who boycotted classes on Thursday.These students were shifted to a private building at Kelini in Usgao in view of the renovation undertaken on the Government High School at Davshirem in the village.Students complain that the private building lacks even the basic amenities such as water and toilets. In the absence of proper ventilation and fans, the students are made to sweat it out in cramped classrooms. The students say that the classrooms are so small that there is no space between the benches to move around.
Besides, the classrooms have been invaded by pigeons that dirty the benches by dropping faeces.While the students have been enduring hardship in the private building, the renovation work of the school building has been at snail’s pace.According to the work order, the contractor was to complete the renovation work before the start of last rainy season. However, since the contractor failed to complete the work on time, classes were continued to be conducted in the private building. This caused the students great hardship, forcing their parents to launch an agitation for expediting the renovation work. But once the rains subsided, the agitation also subsided taking the pressure off the contractor, who has failed to complete the work so far.
On Wednesday, the parents had threatened to launch an agitation if the renovation of the school building is completed before the onset of the rains.Following this, the students and their parents inspected the school on Thursday to see for themselves the progress of the renovation work. Angry at the slow pace of work, the students boycotted classes the entire day.Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) President Pran Gavde said that the contractor was employing few labourers due to which the renovation work was taking long time. An angry Gavde said that the contractor should employ more workers to expedite the renovation.He informed that the metal roofing of the school building has been completed, however, the flooring and electrical works are yet to be completed.Meanwhile, the parents informed that the Director of Education had contacted them and assured to complete the pending work and start classes in the Government School building within seven days time.The headmaster of school is holding additional charge at Sadar Ponda as such was not available for his comments. [H]

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