Rice cultivation in the playground!


Ramnagar Poshchimpara Primary School in Kushtia’s upazila Mirpur could not be reopened after the recent lifting of Covid-19 restrictions because growing rice in its playground made the school inaccessible to everyone. Photo: Amanur Aman

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Ramnagar Poshchimpara Primary School in Kushtia’s upazila Mirpur could not be reopened after the recent lifting of Covid-19 restrictions because growing rice in its playground made the school inaccessible to everyone. Photo: Amanur Aman

Schools across the country recently reopened after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Ramnagar Poshchimpara Primary School in the upazila Mirpur in Kushtia is still closed to its students.

The reason? The school building became inaccessible after rice was planted in the school yard, blocking everyone’s access to the school building.

Ruhul Azam, chairman of the school’s management committee, said it might not be possible to fully reopen the school without harvesting the rice.

On why the playground was used for growing rice, he said, instead of leaving such a large piece of land unused, it would be more beneficial to contribute the school fund to from the sale of rice. “As it was not known when the school would reopen, this was done after discussion with the teachers.”

“It will be like that for now. But a process is underway to bring the students back to school,” he said.

Ujjal Hossain, principal (responsible) of the school, said: “The chairman of the school management committee would be able to explain why he grew rice in the school yard. I am not in a position to comment on this.

Under the circumstances, most of the students, 176 in total, are now reluctant to come to the school, he said, adding that it took a lot of conviction on their part to bring in just over two dozen. of students at school on Wednesday (September 15) amid widespread criticism from residents.

Several teachers at the school seeking anonymity said all school grounds, including the playground, are registered property of the school.

The playground is reserved for the pupils of the school and no one has the right to use it arbitrarily for other purposes.

The school is being nationalized and relevant government officials have already made several visits in this regard, they added.

Amid the coronavirus situation, Ruhul Azam, the chairman of the school’s management committee, suddenly one morning started using a tiller on the playground, telling teachers that rice would be grown there, said a school teacher, asking not to be named.

Another teacher said students have been deprived of outdoor games and other recreational activities in the playground ever since and there isn’t even a wasteland where students or teachers can hang out. stand outside the school building.

Sheikh Askar Hossain, a resident of Ramnagar village, a parent of a student at the school, said the chairman of the management committee was not allowed to occupy the school yard in this way. “But he did it by force.”

Contacted, Masud Rana, head of primary education in Mirpur upazila, said he would take the necessary measures following the investigation, as the playground of any educational institution cannot be occupied.

Officer Mirpur Upazila Nirbahi, Lincoln Biswas, also assured that appropriate action would be taken against those responsible for the occupation of the school’s playground for the cultivation of rice.


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