Parents wary of bad infra post rain around schools in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Several schools in the city, that have been battered by rains in the past week, are yet to be cleaned and cleared. Parents fear the safety and health of their children with schools set to reopen on Monday after a five-day rain break.

Many have complained about the poor infrastructure in schools, especially after the rains. "Most of the wooden work in the school is more than a decade old and looks like it would fall apart any moment now. The school had hiked the fee last year, saying it is to renovate the school and get better benches, carpentry and other works done, but nothing except painting happened," said Rekha Vyas, parent of a private school in Narayanguda.

The state of government schools in the city is even worse, with broken windows, and loose hanging panes that were found fluttering under strong winds. "They are at a dangerous angle and might fall onto students any time there's a sudden breeze," said Kamalakar, a parent of a student studying at Government High School Himayathnagar in CPL Amberpet.

Many complained that the sewage and overflowing drains in and around the school compound pose a serious risk to students' health. "Though the waters are beginning to recede, the problem of dangerous filth emanating from the place does not end. The playground is right next to an overflowing drain and there's a dumpyard towards the backgate of the school," said another parent.

Boston school in Kala Pathar; St Mary's School at Vijayanagar colony; Navodaya High School at Jagathgirigutta and the government schools at Upperpally and Attapur were some of the schools found to have surroundings with open and flowing drains in the city.

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