Chennai: This school has 1,000 kids, 11 classrooms, 4 bathrooms | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Using the toilet is torturous for R Priyadarshini*. The Class VI student of Kallikuppam High School at Ambattur under Greater Chennai Corporation limits must queue up to use the facility, which is full of bugs and blanket worms.
There are about 442 students from Classes VI to X, but only five rooms for them. Children in elementary class have no benches and sit on the floor. And just four toilets for all the 1,000 students. The building is old and dilapidated.
Students of Class VI and VII sit under the trees in the sun and study as they don’t have rooms. Asked what students would do during the monsoon, a teacher said they would use the corridors or the staff room and the hi-tech lab. Th hi-tech lab is now a storage area-cum-headmaster room. Students now come in shifts to avoid crowding Classes VI, VIII and X in the morning and Classes VII and IX in the afternoon. Teachers say it is difficult to complete portion with just four hours a day.
The headmistress, who didn’t want to be named, said several IT companies and private agencies were willing to spend up to 50 lakh to renovte, but that the government was sitting on the files. The tussle between the civic body, public works department and the school education department has left these children with no classrooms.
The school was constructed by the PWD in 1960 and was under Tiruvallur district’s school education department. In 2011, Ambattur became a part of GCC which took over roads, parks and streets, but schools continued to be administered by the district school education department. The GCC couldn’t spend any money as it didn’t own the buildings.
Corporation deputy commissioner (education) D Sneha said she had written to the government several times. Tiruvallur collector Alby Jhon said he will do the needful to expedite the process.
Ramalingam Rajamanickam, an activist, said there was no upgradation of infrastructure in the four years since became a high school. “ICDS, high school and primary school are all on one campus. It is atrocious.” School education minister Anbil Mahesh couldn’t be reached for comment, while school education secretary Karkala Usha didn’t respond to calls.

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