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Classes held under the open sky after storm destroys school

On February 25, a storm raged through the Chila village under the Haludia union of the upazila, destroying the North-West Chila Government Primary School building

Update : 19 Mar 2019, 01:13 AM

A school has been destroyed by a storm in Barguna’s Amtali upazila, and classes are being held under the open sky for two weeks.

On February 25, a storm raged through the Chila village under the Haludia union of the upazila, destroying the North-West Chila Government Primary School building.

Assistant teacher Rakibul Hasan talking to the Dhaka Tribune said: “The February 25 storm completely destroyed the school building. Since then, we are continuing our educational activities under the open sky.”

The teachers are being forced to hold classes irrespective of the weather. Due to this, six classes are being taught under the unbearable sun, inconveniencing everyone. The education of young students is being hampered, he added.

The North-West Chila Primary School was founded in 1961 in. A one-storey concrete building was built in 1994. Within 21 years, the local education department declared the building defunct.

Since then, the school was run from a tin-shed house built with the help of the local upazila administration and the education department.

A total of 89 students are currently studying in the school from pre-primary level to fifth grade.

Fifth grade students Md Mahfuz and Rashedul said that they are not able to concentrate during their classes due to distractions. And because all classes are taught together, they do not understand anything. 

They also said that when it starts raining, clothes and books get wet before they take shelter. 

“If this continues, we will not be able to continue with our classes in the coming days,” said a student.

The guardians of the students complained that they would not be able to send their students to school if the situation continues. Students are falling ill due to heat strokes and getting soaked in the rain. 

Assistant teacher Asma Sultana told the Dhaka Tribune that the teachers are facing difficulties as well as the students. 

“Since we have to teach all students together, discipline cannot be maintained. Therefore, if a temporary teaching arrangement is not set up immediately, the educational endeavors of the young students will be greatly hampered,” she said.

North-West Chila Government Primary School headmistress Razia Sultana said that they have informed the upazila administration and primary education officer about the matter and a project for the construction of a new building will begin shortly.

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