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Reopening of schools: Flooding robs of Kurigram students’ enthusiasm

Some 200 schools, madrasas damaged by the recent floods in the district

Update : 13 Sep 2021, 03:03 PM

Although school and college students across the country returned to their classes on Sunday after a long closure for Covid-19, the students of many primary, secondary schools and madrasas in Kurigram district are missing out on the joy as they are bearing the brunt of the flooding.

Some 200 schools and madrasas have been damaged by the recent floods in the district while seven schools that were washed away in Roumari, Nageshwari, and Ulipur upazilas could not be reconstructed yet, officials said.

They said the furniture of many schools were damaged due to prolonged closure and flooding while the roads connecting many schools are in very bad shape.

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During a recent visit to Sardob Government Primary School along the Dharla River in Sadar upazila, the correspondent found its ground-floor fully underwater.

Still, two students came to school to submit their assignments, wading through waist-deep water.

Expressing his fear over the poor presence of students, Atul Chandra Roy, headmaster of Sardob Government Primary School, said: “Water is everywhere around the school. The roads connecting the school have been damaged.”

Matiar Rahman, a guardian of the school, said: “The road became unfit for movement as a number of big holes have developed on it, and it is just impossible for students to use this road.”

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Adding to the worries, at least seven schools – including Bandula Kura Government Primary School in Ulipur upazila, Akbar Ali primary government school in Nageshwari upazila, Gatiasham Bagurapra Government Primary School in Razarhat upazila – have recently disappeared into the gorge of the river due to erosion.

Meanwhile, Faluarchar Char Government Primary School and Ghughumari Government Primary School in Roumari upazila had been shifted last year due to river erosion.

The furniture and valuables of the schools are now getting damaged for lack of maintenance as those have been kept under the open sky.

Abdul Gafur, the headmaster of Choto Kalua Government Primary School in Sadar upazila, said: “His school building stands threatened by erosion. Although the school reopened on Sunday, the presence of students was very thin.”

Fazlur Rahman, the headmaster of Sardob Ideal High School, said: “Many poor students, from grade seven to 10, went to different districts of the country in search of work due to the pandemic while many girl students have become victims of child marriage. 

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“So, the presence of students is now very low.”

Shahidul Islam, education officer of Kurigram district, said that steps have been taken to ensure the continuation of smooth educational activities in the flood-hit schools.

On Sunday, the students of schools and colleges in Bangladesh returned to their classrooms with much enthusiasm after an 18-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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