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Safety of schools at stake in Kerala

KOCHI: The coconuts that fall from the two towering trees in the neighbouring compound remain a constant threat to the students and teachers of the Government Higher Secondary School in Karapuzha, near the town.

Students and teachers keep hearing the sound of coconuts falling on to the roof of the school building almost everyday. Sometimes, coconuts make their way into the classrooms through the asbestos roof. During intervals, students take extra care not to play under these trees. Now they have fenced the ‘danger zone’ where coconuts usually fall. This is just one of several cases reported from the town and nearby areas. Schools here were, on May 23, directed to cut coconut trees that are posing a threat to the safety of students. But not all, especially government schools, have complied.

The reason behind this is the lengthy procedure that has to be followed for cutting down a tree in government property. The head of the school cannot take a decision in this regard. Officials of Education and Forest departments have to be informed of this first. Forest officials will then come and fix a rate for the tree that has be to be cut. This will be followed by an auction. If the auction fails to fetch the amount fixed, there will be a re-auction.

There are several sick trees in the vicinity of the K R Narayanan L P School in Kurichithanam, near Kottayam, which have to be removed. Same is the case with Government Higher Secondary School, Vayala. Last year strong winds had destroyed the roof of this school’s building. The coconut trees in front of the Poovathumoodu Government UP School in Peroor pose a grave threat to the children studying in this school. The trees in Government Girls High School, Ettumanoor too have be chopped down. The acacia trees in the compound of the village office adjacent to the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School in Ettumanoor are also a threat to the students.

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