Hyderabad: The first English medium school in the Old City, Mufeed-ul-Anam Boys High School, which educated some well known city personalities, is now lying neglected. The school has a dearth of teachers and unhygienic conditions prevail in the vicinity of the campus, posing a threat to the children’s health. GHMC garbage collectors dump all the garbage in the large bin in front of the school. Though the school has written letters to the GHMC about this, no action has been taken.
The school operates with just four government-appointed teachers and a principal; there are no government teachers for the primary section at all. The school management appoints a few teachers and managing students from all the classes. It’s a Government aided school
Mr K. Sampath Kumar Achary, the headmaster, admits there are no teachers for important subjects such as biology, English and Hindi and some teachers teach two subjects in each class.
When queried about the poor condition of the school, a former alumnus, Teegala Krishna Reddy, Member of the Legislative Assembly from Mahesh-waram, said that he would look into the matter; he added that the condition of the building is quite bad. Several bureaucrats and prominent professionals such as doctors like Dr M.A. Mathen (a famous radiologist in the city) and chartered accountants have studied in this school.
It’s appalling that a municipal garbage bin is situated outside a school and that it has been here for the past 15 years, according to school staff, though the school has many times asked the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the local corporator to remove it.
The garbage is not cleared regularly and tends to pile up. While the municipal corporation is quick to admonish private properties about maintaining hygienic surroundings, it does not follow its own advice, though it is endangering the health of children.
The school once upon a time had a student strength of around 750-1000; today, there are less than 150 students.
Praveen Kumar, a former general secretary of the school managing committee, says: “The unhygienic conditions and lack of teaching staff has brought down the school strength. Due to a lot of private schools coming up in the vicinity, which are in good condition, there has been a shift.”...