The schools situated beside the Dhaka-Tangail Highway in Mirzapur upazila, have been suffering from this situation of water logging, since the highway was elevated three years ago, in order to upgrade it to four-lanes from the previous two-lanes
Over a thousand students of Deohata AJ High School and Deohata Government Primary School in Tangail, and their teachers are experiencing difficulties in conducting academic activities, as the school grounds become flooded even after a light to moderate rain.
The schools situated beside the Dhaka-Tangail Highway in Mirzapur upazila, have been suffering from this situation of water logging, since the highway was elevated three years ago, in order to upgrade it to four-lanes from the previous two-lanes.
Even though a new school building for the Deohata AJ High School was built on high grounds, the water logging issue in the grounds was not resolved as the school grounds still sit five to six feet lower than the highway. This disrupts sports, assembly, and creative activities, as well as regular classes.
Students need to take off their shoes, and carry it in their hands to attend schools, and sometimes they get their uniforms drenched in the stagnant water.
Students and teachers described their sufferings to this reporter when he visited the school.
Abu Raihan, Jannatul Ferdous, and Sanjida Akhtar, tenth-grade students of Deohata AJ High School, complained that they could not keep their shoes on as they need to wade through knee deep water in school grounds.
Deohata AJ High School Head Teacher said: “Our students have been facing this problem for the last three years. We have sent numerous letters to the authorities concerned, seeking a prompt solution to this problem. But regrettably we are yet to hear back from them.”
Siddikur Rahman, president of the school’s managing committee, said: “I accompanied the head teacher, and spoke to the local lawmaker Ekabbar Hossain about this problem. He assured us that the issue will be solved very soon.”
Contacted, Abdul Malek, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Mirzapur, said: “We have been informed of the water logging problem in the school grounds. We will soon take necessary steps in this regard.”