Around 2,800 students in Uttarakhand are still learning from temporary huts and kutcha structures in provisional schools because they lack suitable school buildings. These schools are located in forest areas of the Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts, officials said.
According to the education department, there are 62 such schools in the state for elementary and high school.
Education officials said that students studying in these schools live in forest areas and cannot build buildings for these schools.
Mukul Kumar Sati, additional state project manager for Samagra Siksha Abhiyan, said that the education department has to run the schools there because the students live there but they are unable to build permanent structures.
“We have to run schools wherever there are children. In this case, they live in forest areas. There are 50 primary schools and 12 junior high schools in the forest areas of the Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts. There are teachers, but we cannot build a permanent school building because the Forest Service says this is considered an interference, ”said Sati.
He said officials are trying to find a solution to the problem, but until then, students have to continue studying in makeshift schools.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Forestry officials say permission to transfer land forest land to manufacture the school buildings must be obtained.
State Forestry Minister Harak Singh Rawat said talks are currently underway with the State Department of Education to send a combined proposal for all schools.
“We have to make sure that all of our children get an education. That is why I asked the officials to send a combined proposal for all schools that can be submitted to the land government for land transfer. As soon as we have received permission, the school buildings can be built. We understand that it’s a long process, but I hope we get permission because education is just as important, ”said Rawat.
The minister added that it is important to build schools, as students are constantly afraid of wild animal attacks that can lead to conflict.