The school authorities hired workers to break down walls to create an alternate entrance
Isdair Government Primary School authorities are creating an alternate entrance for their waterlogged Narayanganj school, and have also taken initiative to fill the waterlogged entrance with sand. The students and teachers have been suffering from a waterlogging problem since 2004.
The students of the school had been using their classroom benches as a bridge to cross the waterlogged school to attend classes. Everyone at the school had been using the bench bridge set up by the primary school students to enter and exit the school, as they have had no alternatives till now.
After the Dhaka Tribune recently published an article featuring their struggle, the authorities were compelled to help improve the situation. The school authorities hired workers to break down walls to create an alternate entrance.
The school authorities have not immediately provided a drainage system to clear the waterlogging issue. However, the alternate entrance means the students, teachers, and staff will not have to cross the makeshift bench bridge to get into the school every day.
Siddiqur Rahman, vice president of the school committee, said: “We have not received any help from anyone else as of yet, so we decided to make an alternate entrance.
We will not be able to get rid of the dirty water, but at least the students will have an easier time getting into the school building. If we receive more help, we will be able to solve the matter permanently.”
Afroza Begum, a senior assistant teacher of the school, said: “We are happy that the school authorities are taking action. This will ease our suffering a little bit.
Thanks to the media, the problem has been brought to attention after 15 years. We have been losing a lot of students over the issue.”
District Primary Educational Officer Ahindra Kumar Mandal said: “It is great that they are trying to solve the issue themselves. There was a dispute over school boundaries, so we were facing some issues.
However, we have informed senior authorities about the matter and have taken initiative to help solve their plight. The students are unable to use three classrooms due to the waterlogging. Once solved, the school will be able to use those rooms as well.”
Latifah Nahar, headmaster of the school, was hurt while crossing the bench bridge recently. She is currently undergoing treatment.