Students bear the brunt

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Floods disrupt academic activities of 1400 schools

Saturday, 06 September 2014

Author / Source: Anisur Rahman Khan

Around
1,400 primary and secondary schools in 10 districts, which bore the
brunt of the recent floods, have partially resumed classes. Some of
them, however, are still under water.

But those schools that were fully damaged, and those eroded by the
rivers, are unable to welcome back their students which has put a
question mark on their futures. Meanwhile, the authorities   have
started assessing the damage wrought by the floods to the educational institutions.
“Damage
to the educational institutions by the floods is being assessed and
their speedy rehabilitation has been ordered,” Quazi Akhtar Hossain,
secretary in the ministry of primary and mass education, told The
Independent.
Replying to a query about funds for the emergency
repairs and rehabilitation of the flood-affected schools, the secretary
said: “Funds won’t be a problem, as money will be provided as
necessary.”
Altogether 347 schools, mostly primary, were submerged in
seven upazilas under Jamalpur district, while around 350 schools under
six upazilas in Sirajganj district, 187 schools in Kurigram, 120 schools
in Bogra, 150 schools in Tangail, 150 schools in Gaibandha, 50 schools
in Madaripur, 10 schools in Faridpur, 13 schools in Rajbari and nine
schools in Rangpur district were affected by the floods.
Furniture in
the classrooms, such as benches, tables and chairs, were either
partially or fully damaged by the floodwaters, say official reports. As a
result, several thousand students of the damaged schools are unable to
attend classes.
Bogra education officer Md Shamsul Alam said:
“Resumption of academic activities in the damaged institutions would not
be possible till the government allots adequate funds to rehabilitate
the damaged schools.” He said around 120 educational institutions,
including colleges, high schools, madrasas and primary schools, have
been partially or fully damaged by floods in five upazilas.
Md Ainal
Haque, principal of Chikashi Technical and BM Institute in Dhunut
upazila, said the institute was established on two bighas of land with
five tin shed rooms five years ago. Floodwaters have washed away the
sheds completely.
SM Tarikul Islam, headmaster of Kutubpur High
School, said the school was completely damaged by floods, bringing
educational activities to a standstill in the past fortnight.
According
to Abdul Alim, district primary education officer of Jamalpur, most of
the schools in Islampur, Motherganj, Dewanganj, Bakshiganj and
Sharishabari upazilas of the district have been affected by floods. “We
are trying to restart the schools. The damaged schools will be repaired
on an emergency basis to resume educational activities within the
shortest possible time,” he said.
“Extra classes will be taken to
make up the lost classes so that the students do not suffer,” said
Kurigram district’s primary education officer, Abdul Kader.

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