Students of a government primary school in Charbhadrasan upazila of the district have been attending classes under the open sky as a storm badly damaged the wood and tin structure of the schoolhouse on March 30.
BM Dangi Government Primary School was established on 33 decimals of land in BM Dangi village in 1971 and nationalised in 1973. A building was erected after nationalisation, but that was eroded by the Padma river in 1997.
“When the school building was eroded by the Padma river in 1997, classes were started on my land in Aroj Kha Dangi village in a tin shed. But the schoolhouse was badly damaged by a storm on March 30, hampering education of around 141 students,” school managing committee President Md Motalab Hossain said.
“Four teachers have been conducting classes in two shifts. Pre-primary to Class II students attend classes from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and Class III to Class V students attend from 12:15pm to 4:15pm,” said assistant teacher Shefali Rani Roy.
“We have a big problem and we do not know when our suffering wil end,” said assistant teacher Mohasin Mollah.
“The roof of our schoolhouse was blown away by the storm on March 30, and now we are attending classes under the open sky,” said Chadni Akter, 13, a Class V student.
“We are attending classes under the open sky, and we do not know what we shall do in the rainy season,” said Shahidul Islam, 12, of the same class.
“I sent the assistant education officer to the school after the storm. Based on his report, we sent a letter to our upazila chairman to take necessary steps,' Charbhadrasan Education Officer Arshaful Haque said.
“I asked the upazila parishad chairman to take necessary steps to repair the school as soon as possible,” said District Primary Education Officer Shiv Pado Dey.