Parents jittery about ‘incomplete’ Surla government school building

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Panaji: Parents of students studying at the Government High School in Tarmatha, Bhile, Surla-Bicholim, have vehemently opposed the shifting of the institution to its new premises located just across. Citing that the new building is still incomplete, members of the parent-teacher association (PTA) have vowed not to send their children there until all construction work is completed.

In a memorandum to the chief minister, local MLA, education director, Surla village panchayat sarpanch and secretary, and the school headmistress, over 70 parents stated they had visited the new school building on August 1 and found it to be incomplete “in all respects, without necessary amenities, furniture and infrastructure facilities”. The complex is being constructed by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC).

PTA chairman Bhanudas Datta Sonnaik told TOI that on July 31, parents were informed by their children that the headmistress was in the process of shifting the school to its new premises from August 3. “Following our inspection on August 1, we requested the headmistress not to shift the students to the incomplete building without the education director’s written order, but she replied that she was complying with his telephonic instructions,” Sonnaik said.
The PTA has now requested the education director to conduct a site inspection to confirm whether the new school premises is complete. It has also demanded for a stability report and a structure liability certificate from a government-approved structural engineer.

Members have threatened to approach the high court of Bombay at Goa if the students are forcefully shifted to the new premises.
When contacted, education director Gajanan Bhat, termed the issue a misunderstanding. “With only some minor works left to be completed, there is no harm in shifting the students to the new building,” he said.

Assistant education director and Bicholim zonal officer Bhagirath Shetye, is expected to visit the site on Friday morning to assess the situation and take a decision in the matter.
This article was first published on Times of India on 10th Aug 2017