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    JammuPDP-BJP Govt set to demolish Girls’ School to build parking lot

    PDP-BJP Govt set to demolish Girls’ School to build parking lot


    PDP-BJP Govt set to demolish Girls' School to build parking lot

    Tawi, Dec 13: Girl students are protesting against the state government's decision to make a parking lot by destroying an old government girls' school.

    Government officials in Jammu were directed to arrange desks at Dogra Hall School in Jammu to accommodate 250 students from the Government's Girls High School.

    Parents and students have criticized the BJP-PDP government that took the decision.

    The area has been sealed by the additional deputy commissioner even as the state government is trying to accommodate students elsewhere. Students were reportedly asked to sit out in the open in other schools until Sunday as desks and benches had not been arranged for them.

    The decision comes only months before a major examination where 250 students are scheduled to appear. Parents have argued that it will be difficult to adapt to a new school with exams around the corner. The decision to shut the school could have been taken after the exams, they said.

    Around 250 students, who were studying in this school, now have been shifted to other schools, however, the parents of these students said the decision to demolish the school could have been executed after the completion of the current academic session.

    “The decision to demolish the school is very insensitive decision as the future of our wards is being compromised. The decision to demolish the school could have been taken after the current academic session finished after two months,” Pardeep Kumar, whose daughter studies in the school, said.

    The students and their parents have been continuously protesting and demanding that the decision to demolish the school should be deferred.

    “The school caters to the students who are mostly from the weaker sections and poor households, the authorities might not have been such insensitive if children of rich and influential were studying here,” another parent said.

    The authorities, however, say that the decision to demolish the school was taken keeping in view the fact that there were other schools in the vicinity where these students could be accommodated.

    “There are other schools in the vicinity where these students have been accommodated hence there is no question of being insensitive to the future of these kids,” an official said.

    Pawan Kotwal, the divisional commissioner of Jammu, said, “See, the notice is, I personally feel that when these children were shifted, a detailed exercise was done to assess which areas these children belong.”

    He further said that the authorities were concerned about the of the students, but there was no justification to the fact that the students were made to sit outside for three days, and the desks were shifted only on Sunday, as reported.

    “If they go to another school and if they are schooled by some other teacher, whom these children are not familiar with that might affect their studies,” added Kotwal.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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