KOZHIKODE: Parannoor West AMLP School at Narikuni, 24 km off here now has been stripped of its shame as a school with no power connection since 91 years.
After DC carried the story about the plight of the school on March 2, the State commission for protection of child rights (KSCPCR) acted and asked the Kozhikode DDE, who is managing the school to lay a power cable. But due to bureaucratic hurdles, the order again bit the dust prompting three students of the school to approach the KSCPCR again.
Now, after a long wait, power cables were laid and the bulb blinked at the school. “It was a long wait of 91 years. The school was an aberration in the times of smart classrooms and hi-fi schools. Now we can arrest the attrition rate of students,” Balan. E., the headmaster of the school said, heaving a sigh of relief. The school was established in early 1924.
Because of the lack of power, the 20 students of standard one to four have to sweat it out in summer and blink in the darkness of winter inside classrooms. With a weak filament bulb in the toilet, teachers too find it hard to survive here. The school has been run by the government since 15 years following a tussle with the management resulting in the disqualification of the manager.
The issue was brought before all the authorities concerned. But there was no end to this ordeal. Mohammed Abdul Khadar, who was the HM for long, said the stubbornness of the manager
coupled with the apathy of others concerned was the problem.
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