Rohingya crisis hurts schools

Mohiuddin Alamgir | Published: 00:32, Jan 13,2018

 
 

Academic atmosphere at several schools and at least a degree college has been partially hampered in Cox’s Bazaar as a side effect of the lingering Rohingya crisis.
Furniture of at least 15 high schools, one with a degree college, got damaged after these institutions were used as temporary shelters for the Rohingyas as well as for the law enforcement personnel and humanitarian assistance workers.
Academic programmes at 10 primary schools were also affected by the same factors.
According to education officials’ estimates, Tk one crore worth classroom furniture, as well as doors, windows and sanitation facilities of 15 high schools, one with an attached degree college at Ukhia and Teknaf, were damaged as a side effect of the lingering Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
The lone degree college at Ukhia has been turned into a warehouse for storing relief supplies for the Rohingyas.
‘Our estimates show that the 15 institutions losses amounted to Tk one crore in terms of furniture as well as doors and windows that got damaged,’ district education officer for Cox’s Bazaar Saleh Uddin Chowdhury told New Age Thursday.
‘One or two rooms of 10 primary schools continues to be under use as mess by humanitarian assistance providers and law enforcement personnel,’ said district primary education officer Shahidul Azam.
He said that the estimates of the losses in money terms could not be done as yet.
According to the United Nation’s estimates until January 7 at least 6,55,500 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar entered Bangladesh since August 25, when the latest exodus began.
The UN described the lingering Rohingya crisis as ‘the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency’.
The UN denounced Myanmar’s oppression on the Rohingyas as ‘ethnic cleansing’.
Bangladesh officials said after crossing into Bangladesh, exhausted, terrified and half-starved Rohingyas took shelter wherever they could in Cox’s Bazaar
Furniture, doors and windows of Ukhia Government High School, Ukhia Girls High School, Kutupalang High School, Thyenkhali High School, Nurul Islam Chowdhury High School, Ukhia Degree College, Cox’s Bazar Governemnt Girls High school, Shamlapur High School were damaged besides the other schools said district education officials.
They said 200 students were not attending classes since they became involved with NGOs relief distribution activities.
They said that at least 50 part time teachers quit their teaching jobs at Ukhia due to their full time preoccupation with the relief activities.
Academic programmes at several primary schools became a casualty of the relief activities said parents and teachers.
They said that the worst affected were Balukhali Government Primary School, Thangkhali Government Primary School, Palangkhali Government Primary School, Whykhang Government Primary School, Kerontoli Government Primary School, Dangakata Government Primary School. 

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