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200 Khulna schools operate in vulnerable buildings

More than 200 primary schools are carrying out their academic activities in dilapidated and old buildings in nine upazilas of Khulna, endangering the lives of the young apprentices.

The teachers and tutors said that the accident like Bargnani’s can happen at any time if the authorities involved do not take any initiative to repair them immediately.

Sources from the district’s education officials said they have identified 20 buildings as risky among 127 elementary schools in the city. Taking into account their dangerous condition, the classes of several schools are carried out in other school buildings keeping the risk areas closed.

In addition, the district’s education office identified 37 risky school buildings in Koyra Upazila, 14 in Dumuria, 30 in Terokhada, 19 in Dacop, 12 in Dighlia, 25 in Paikgachha, six in Fultola, 40 in Batiaghata and six in Rupsha Upazila.

On April 6, Mansura, a third-grade student at the PK Primary School and daughter of Najib HossainTalukdar from the village of Gendamara in Taltoli Upazila of the Barguna district, was killed and three others were injured when a part of the roof of the school collapsed on them.

After the accident, on April 7, the government asked the district’s primary education officers to identify the very risky buildings of the government’s primary schools throughout the country and to inform them within 15 business days.

The primary and mass education ministry issued an office order in this regard.

He said the assistance of Upazila engineers, a division of local government, can be sought to identify hazardous buildings if necessary.

ASM Sirajuddoha, the district’s primary education officer, said that upazila’s education officials were instructed to make a list of hazardous buildings in their upazilas that visit elementary schools. The riskiest buildings have already been declared abandoned. In addition, the academic activities of some schools are carried out from other schools to avoid risks…