MANGALDAI, Aug 1 - Asadullah, Fulesa, Habibur, Mamtaz, Nisam and many other students of Nadirpar Uttar Lower Primary School in Darrang district once again went to school on Thursday after the completion of summer vacation, but in a different place.
For many students of the state, the summer vacation was not as pleasant as the floods left a trail of never-ending tales of destruction. Their homes and schools were destroyed, thus posing a question mark over their academic future.
For the 87 students of Nadirpar Uttar LP School, resuming their regular classes in the permanent building of the school after the summer vacation was no possible. During the floods, the surging waters of the Dhansiri river had suddenly changed its normal course by almost 100 metres and eroded the school building in front of the eyes of the helpless students, teachers and guardians.
This incident had cast a shadow over the academic future of the students. However, much to their delight, things took a positive turn when the District Elementary Education Officer (DEEO) sat with the local people and requested them to extend their helping hands for some temporary arrangements to resume classes on time. Accordingly, the people responded and joined hands to build a temporary set-up in a safe private campus where classes resumed on Thursday.
Talking to this correspondent, Darrang DEEO Dr Jowahira Tabossom said, �We are happy that classes for these students could resume on time. We will carry on regular classes in the makeshift set-up, which has been made possible with the initiative of some local people including Sadek Ali, Atar Ali, Safiur Rahman, Nur Mohammad, Sorab Ali, Kasem Ali and Safiul Islam among others.�
On rebuilding the permanent structure, the DEEO said, �We have already sent a special proposal to the government for a new building in place of the damaged property.�
Besides Nadirpar Uttar LP School, the education department of the district has received reports about partial damage to altogether 137 primary schools and 11 secondary schools in the recent wave of floods.
Meanwhile, the Darrang district unit of the AASU, in a memorandum signed by its president Khanindra Rajbongshi and general secretary in-charge Pramod Deka, have demanded the Darrang administration to ensure a healthy and hygienic academic atmosphere in all the flood-hit educational institutions of the district to resume regular classes after the summer vacation.