Academic activities of students at seven schools in Rajnagor upazila, Moulvibazar have come to a halt as they could not attend their classes due to rainwater which has intruded into their classrooms.
Local sources said every year during the rainy season the school compounds got submerged in knee-deep to waist-deep water. This year, these schools remained closed for several days in the beginning of the rainy season.
Overflowing water of the Monu River entered not only into schoolyards and but also classrooms of Fatehpur Government Primary School, Zahidpur Government Primary School, Natun-Sunapur Government Primary School, Dakshin-Antehari Government Primary School, Chalbond Government Primary School, Shahbajpur Government Primary School, Uttar-Antehari Government Primary School and Abdullahpur Government Primary School.
As education of students is hampered, authorities of Fatehpur Government Primary School have arranged a makeshift arrangement for students at a house.
Saidur Rahman, acting headmaster of the school, said imparting class-teaching of his school continued at the house of Hazi Sorforaj Chowdhury after consultation with higher authorities.
Ranju Chandra Das, a guardian Fatehpur Government Primary School, said students of these schools were facing trouble to attend school and take part in class-teaching as water had entered into the classrooms of these schools.
Monir Hossin, a student of the school, said: “Every year we face this problems, in the rainy season we cannot go to school as water intrudes into our class rooms.”
He said if the district education office took steps to resolve the problem permanently, their educational life will be save.
Fahim Hossain, a student of Zahidpur Government Primary School, said he had not been going to school for last 20 days.
“The government should pump out water from our school compund,” he said.
Describing sorry-state of these primary schools, Motiur Rahman, chairman of the Fatehpur union parishad, said water entered into six to seven primary schools of his union every year during rainy season.
He said they had discussed the matter in Rajnagor upazila co-ordination meeting on Sunday to find out a way of getting rid of the ongoing problem.
Md Askir Khan, chairman of Rajnagar upazila parishad, said he had been informed about the matter.
He said he had already requested the Water Development Board to install machines on school compounds to pump out water.
Panchanon Bala, Moulvibazar district primary education officer, said he had visited different affected primary schools on Saturday. “I will talk with higher authorities about the matter.”