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Over 110 students study in six room school in Mitrigam Pulwama

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Pulwama, July 16: Government High School in south Kashmir’s Mitrigam village of Pulwama district, having an enrollment of over 110 students, is functioning from six rooms.

The students of the High School, located in the native village of famous Kashmiri poet Mehjoor, are put through such an ordeal that three classes are being simultaneously taught within a single room.

“Govt High School in Mitrigam depicts the grim scenario of the education sector in the J&K state. The infrastructural standards of this school puncture the tall claims of the government,” said locals of Mitrigam village.

"The government talks about introducing smart classrooms in the schools, while as the school in our village lacks even basic facilities,” they added.

The teachers posted at the High School also confirmed the lacks of basic infrastructure. “A High School is supposed to have a minimum of 12 to 15 rooms but our school has only six rooms including an office,” a teacher of High School said.

According to locals, the education department had started the process of identification of land for the construction of a permanent campus for the school.  “About two to three kanals of land were identified by the locals for the purpose but the concerned department rejected the offer,” the locals said.

When contacted Chief Education Officer Pulwama, Naseem Ul Ganie, said: “Non-availability of land is the only hindrance in constructing the new building for the High School.”

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