Assam: School runs on river bank in Kokrajhar after floods wash away school building

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By Our Special Correspondent

Kokrajhar (Assam) , Aug 02 : In today’s hi-tech modern life,what a sight it is to see , a LP school being run on a river -bank after the school re-opened after a month long summer vacation .

The LP school was completely washed away due to flash floods from nearby Gongia River.The river had also washed off twenty houses of the Faluguri village in past three years and the villagers have been forced to shift their houses to safer places.

Faluguri Nayapara LP School under Gossaigaon education block is located in Lower Assam’s Kokrajhar district around 25 Kms far from Gossaigaon and 35 Kms from Kokrajhar district headquarters.

The school was established two decades back to provide education to the children of poor villagers of greater Faluguri Nayapara village and now it has been upgraded to a regular provincialised LP School. It was established as an EGS center and later upgraded to a LP school.

There are about 220 families in the village and most of them are either farmers or daily wage earners.
There are 47 students who study in the school and and despite all odds, two teachers are rendering their services. But, now the entire school building has been washed away due to the recent floods .

As the summer vacation concluded this week , the school re-opened on Thursday last with both students and teachers arriving on time, but to their utter surprise the entire school building was missing .

Students are now seen coming with books along with plastic sheets and sacks to sit on the river beds and attend their classes on the banks of river Gongia .The best part is that , the students and teacher are performing their duties with utmost sincerity and devotion .

They are now hoping that the day will come soon when they also can attend their classes like other school students.

“We reached our school this morning as our school is reopened after summer break , but the entire school building has collapsed due to the impact of floods So, we are attending our classes on the banks of the river “, said Abdulla Sheik, a class IV student .

Villagers alleged that due to insincerity from the state education department the day has finally come when they have to see their children attending classes under the open sky.

They also alleged said that the school was getting eroded due to flood waters from nearby Gongia River since the past three years and had informed to the higher authorities of the education department about the condition, but no initiatives were taken for the protection of the school till it was finally washed away.

“It is a very unfortunate that a school is running in open air on the river bank. . I feel it is total injustice to the students “, said Taheswar Ali,a villager of the Faluguri.

Although, measues to be adopted to save the school was intimated to the higher authorities in education department, but nothing was initiated , said Tapajur Ali Mondal, a teacher of the school.

“I am today ashamed to talk about school’s condition as there is no environment to teach students under the present conditions . So, I am forced to teach the students under open sky as per directions from the education authorities.

The education department has failed to take any initiatives to make proper arrangements”, Mondal added.

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