The ground of Kahetura Government Primary School ground in Kunda union under Nasirnagar upazila has remained under stagnant water for over four months due to absence of proper drainage system.
Villagers said students of the school have to wade through the water to go to the classrooms, and foul smell and teeming mosquitoes spoil the environment.
The school was established in 1919 and has 695 students. It is the biggest primary school in the union.
Headmaster Md Mosharraf Hossain said assembly has not been held there for around four months due to the stagnant water.
Rimon Das, a Class V student, said water has not entered the classrooms, but the waterlogged field has become a breeding ground of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed on stagnant water.
Ward Member of Kunda Union Parishad Malai Mia said there was no habitation beside the school once, but houses have been built on three sides of the school and a brick road crosses the west side of the school now. The school ground is comparatively lower than the road and adjoining area, as a result, rainwater remains stagnant on the ground.
He added that the ground needs earth filling so that water cannot remain there.
The headmaster said the upazila administration has taken up a plan to build a 134-foot-long drain from the school to a nearby pond. The local lawmaker asked the headmaster and the UNO to start earth filling soon.
“We have informed the upazila nirbahi officer about the situation. He has approved a project by the local union parishad to build a drain,” Nasirnagar Upazila Primary Education Officer Umme Salma told this correspondent.
Construction of the drain will start soon, she added.
Source: (Daily star)