|Students of Patamda’s Madhya Vidyalaya stand by the pond.
Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Jan. 14: Students of state-run Madhya Vidyalaya in Patamda, 35km from Jamshedpur, can soon play outdoor games without fear of toppling into the pond flanking its verandah.
Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar decided to prod the district administration machinery to get a boundary wall erected and promised money from his MP development funds in case of a cash crunch after reading the report School too close to pond for comfort published today.
The report had highlighted the danger the reservoir posed to 182 students between Classes I and VIII.
Interestingly, as the MP also noticed, the school was established in 1947.
“The MP expressed concern that this school existed next to the pond for several decades without the administration taking up steps to construct a boundary wall. We will write a letter to East Singhbhum district superintendent of education Abhay Shanker tomorrow to accord priority construction of the wall. If the district is facing a funds crunch, we will sponsor it under the MP local area development fund,” the Jamshedpur MP’s representative Shashi Bhushan told The Telegraph today.
He added that the MP, after going through the newspaper report, asked for a detailed project report for the boundary wall construction from the education department head.
“We will cite the newspaper report as a reference to draw attention to the provisions in Right to Education (RTE) Act related to safety hazards in schools,” said the representative.
The pond, barely 20ft from the school, restricts the movement of children during the dry seasons. During monsoon, water floods the school verandah.
“It is a miracle that no major mishap has occurred. Teachers should be lauded for keeping a watch on children from Classes I to VIII,” the MP is learnt to have told his representative.
Though Shanker was not available on phone, additional district programme officer (Jharkhand Education Project) of East Singhbhum Prakash Kumar said they were ready to give funds for the boundary wall if the school education committee gave them a sketch report.
“We can sanction funds at the government rate of Rs 1,200 per meter after getting the school education committee’s sketch report with the exact length of the boundary wall required,” said the education official.
School in-charge Bhagirath Singh welcomed the suggestion.
“Right after Tusu Parab, I will call a meeting of the village school education committee and draft a proper sketch report on the boundary wall,” he said, adding that a trench also needed to be filled up as a barrier between the pond and school.