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School under river erosion threat in Madaripur

  • Published at 03:20 pm August 24th, 2020
Char Hagolpatia Government Primary School under Alinagar union in kalkani upazila is under threat of river erosion as the soil under the school building has eroded Dhaka Tribune

The Char Hagolpatia Government Primary School No 151 in Alinagar union was established in 1995, where 150 poor students are currently pursuing education

Education of a large number of students of a government primary school in Kalkani upazila is facing uncertainty as the school is under threat of being washed away due to the increasing erosion by the Arial Kha river.

The Char Hagolpatia Government Primary School No 151 in Alinagar union was established in 1995, where 150 poor students are currently pursuing education.

Monowara Begum, head teacher of the school, said: “During every rainy season, we remain in fear that the school may collapse due to river erosion. So it would be better if the school is rebuilt elsewhere, leaving the bank of the river.”

“We will not be able to continue classes anymore at the school as the soil under the school building has eroded significantly.” she added.

Regarding the matter, Kalkini upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Alamgir Hossain said: “As the school is risky, we have decided to put it on auction, so some money could be deposited into the state coffer. Nothing will remain if the school collapses.”

“We will try to build rooms temporarily so that students can continue their education there,” he added.

Recently, the river erosion fueled by flood in the district has worsened to such extent that two schools where hundreds of students from poor backgrounds would pursue their education were collapsed a few days ago.

On August 18, the building of Kazirsura Government Primary School No 26 in Bandarkhola union under Shibchar upazila was swept away by Padma River. More than 200 students used to study in the school.

While the entire three-storey SESDP Model High School building sank into the Padma river as riverbanks gave way in Nuruddin Madborkandi village in Shibchar upazila on July 23.

Around 300 students from 24 villages studied at the school founded in 2009. The students were mostly from small villages in remote Char areas and it was the only school for them close to home and the building had adequate facilities.

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