School in Dokongsi village functions from run down structure

Tura, Mar 15: The government lower primary school at Dokongsi village in East Garo hills district is functioning from a run down structure.

The schools with two structures akin to a cow shed can at best accommodate 30 students.

However the school has over 160 students catering to the children of around 18 villages.

Also, there is only one teacher for the 160 odd students.

Another teacher, who was working on contract basis was forced to leave due to the government cancelling all contractual teachers in the state.

“If this school is registered as a government institution how come none of the authorities took cognizance of the state of the rooms during their inspection? This is inhuman that they are torturing children by forcing them to study in such conditions,” said Anand Marak, UDP youth wing president who paid a visit to the village recently.

According to the villagers children try and make it to the school everyday but are often hampered due to the dilapidated condition of the school building as well as the lone connecting bridge to the school.

“The bridge connecting the school is a temporary structure and has been constructed and repaired by us from time to time. However during the monsoon, it will invariably be washed away by the surging waters of the stream. The children have no other option but to skip school during that time,” said one of the villagers, Restwell Marak.

Anand Marak, the UDP youth wing president said that they will take up the matter with the district administration.

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