In a shocking revelation, H Godah primary school, which is one of the oldest government primary schools in Manipur's Kamjong district has been found running at a temporary building, allegedly since its inception in 1963.
The school has classes up to 5th standard and currently has 60 students and eight teaching staff, including the headmaster.
Speaking to the Imphal Free Press on Thursday, headman H Godah village Vareishang Shimray under Phungyar block lamented that the village authority had appealed to successive state governments umpteen times to install a proper building infrastructure to run the school, but their repeated appeals fell to deaf ears.
Students, teaching and non-teaching staff deserve proper building infrastructure to ensure smooth functioning of the school, he said. He further decried the logic behind establishing the school if the state government cannot build a building to teach the young minds.
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The village authority has been sheltering the students at the temporary building ever since its inception in 1963, he said. “How much longer are we to wait for the state government?” he questioned.
He appealed to the state government to step in and take up immediate necessary action, and not to make the school children and teachers suffer on the excuse of an administrative backlog.
It may be mentioned that several government schools in the state have been reeling under shortages of teaching staff and infrastructure backwardness.