KUMTA : The Khaire Lower Primary School at Mirjana in Kumta taluk, is wearing a deserted
look since the past four to five days. Not even a single student is seen either in the school
corridors or inside the classrooms. The reason- mosquito menace !
Reports said the students were boycotting classes with due patronage of their parents as it was
virtually impossible for them to bear with the mosquito menace in the classrooms, thanks to a
nearby scrap shop. It has been complained that the atmosphere in the entire school was badly
affected due to the scrap shop adjacent to the school which was also creating noise pollution.
The villagers had recently even staged a protest against this problem, but of no avail. The
officials though had assured solution, had not taken any step towards fulfilling the assurance.
Though the officials had then warned the scrap dealer to vacate all his belongings within 15
days, no concrete action had followed.
Presently, about 63 children are studying in this school which also has an Anganavadi. The
students have been boycotting classes since Independence Day. The SDMC President and local
GP member Bhagirath Naik says he was unaware as to what was hindering the authorities from
initiating action against the scrap dealer who did not possess a valid license to run the shop in the
Surprisingly, none of the elected representatives of the region have bothered about this problem.