KHAFJI – With seemingly no one in control, the situation in the Girls Education College in Khafji is chaotic manifested in the heaps of garbage left uncollected for weeks, if not months, and the nasty smell coming from the aging toilets among other shortcomings.
This evident negligence made Dr Muhammed Al-Umair, Director of Colleges in the Eastern Province, open an investigation into the complaints sent to him, especially a report alleging that some Asian workers had broken into the college campus at night in the absence of security guards and responsible staff.
Students in the college stressed that the prevailing negligence has badly affected the education process, a matter that requires officials to intervene to restore order in the college.
Asma, a student, said the unbearable smells emitting from the old toilets due to lack of water prevented most of the students from using them, pointing out that this shortcoming in service was only one of seemingly hundreds of other deficiencies.
M.N., another student who declined to mention her full name, said the biggest problem in the college is undisciplined students who misbehave without being questioned, indicating that this has created a chaotic situation in the college.
She said those students are involved in unacceptable acts as they write impolite words and draw indecent drawings on the college’s boards and walls, pointing out that all of this happens with the full knowledge of the college’s administration which does nothing about it.
Some others, she said, use their mobile phones to take pictures of other students to tease and annoy them, pointing out that a teacher at the college became so upset with one such student that she took the girl’s mobile and smashed it into pieces.
She said the violating student was made to sign an undertaking in front of her father, who was summoned by the principal, describing the action taken by the administration against the student as being too lenient to deter such undisciplined students.
Jalaud Al-Jalaudi, the husband of a teacher in the college, described what was going on in the college as being “very disgraceful and shameful” requiring tough action especially in case of graffiti.
Narrating an incident which furnishes concrete evidence of the negligence and chaos in the college, Abdullah Al-Anzi said while he was passing by the college at 10 P.M. he saw a group of Asian workers carrying bags entering the college, adding: “Out of curiosity, I approached the workers who told me that they were assigned to dispatch these bags loaded with students’ examination papers. I could not swallow that because this never ever happens anywhere without supervisors escorting them.”
He said what is happening in the college is pure negligence and recklessness indicating that no one cares for the future of the students who will one day be engaged in teaching the future generation.
Commenting on this, Dr Muhammed Al-Umair pointed out that if inquiries proved that there were Asian workers assigned to dispatch students’ examination papers without being escorted by security guards, the concerned officials would be held accountable for their negligence. – Okaz/SG