Shimla: Mandola, a primary school in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, has not had an electricity connection for 18 years. In the winter season, the student has to take the exam in the dark. The department has already sent heaters to the school to protect the staff and the student from the cold but electricity has not been provided to run them till date. These days, there is a round of examinations in schools. In such a situation, 43 students studying in Mandola School first have to walk 1.5 km from the village in the freezing cold and then hand paper with trembling hands in the dark.
Their classes in the routine are also dark even in the dark. Because, in closed rooms, there is no electricity darkness. If the weather worsens, the difficulties of teachers and students are getting worse. Sunlight disappears in the sky in bad weather. It is not that the administration and the Department have not been apprised of this problem. In fact, the School Management Committee and the local people have informed the Ministry and the administration several times about the problem.
Surprisingly, the problem has not been resolved so far. School management committee chairman Duni Chand said that snowfall started in the area in the past few days. This has increased the cold wave conditions in the region. Children have to travel in the snow and take the exam. He has said that he has avoided giving assurances to the board officials every time he asks them for electricity connections. This assurance has been given for 18 years. Surprisingly, even the Government is not taking the case seriously.
On the one hand, the government is making claims to provide better education, while on the other hand, the lack of electricity connection in the school is opening up the government's claims poll. He has demanded the government and the administration to provide electricity to the school. Board executive engineer Pawan Sharma said tenders have been allotted to provide electricity to the school. The work of installing the connection will start as soon as the necessary goods arrive.