ISLAMABAD - Lives of four primary schools children have been left to the mercy of school buildings that have been poorly constructed with substandard material. In the project of the establishment of four primary schools in sectors I-8/2, I-8/3, G-11/1, and G-11/2 both material and construction was substandard, official documents available with TheNation revealed. Substandard material had been used in the lavatory block of the school G-11/1, which has resulted in seepage. Due to substandard construction and the October 8 earthquake, cracks have been developed in the walls. The construction work of school G-11/2 was required to be completed by December 16,2004 but it was completed on November 16 2005 with the delay of one year. The primary school at I-8/2 is functional since March 2005. Leakage has developed in the toilet block of ground floor and the floor of veranda got damaged from left side due to poor construction within the short period of three years. Some Rs 1.491 million had been expended in construction of a primary school in PAF Complex in Sector E-9, which was not included in PC-1 thus the funds sanctioned for four primary schools were diverted to favour PAF Complex Primary School. A sum of Rs 425,333 on account of Annual Ground Rent was paid by Pak PWD to the CDA which should have been paid by the FDE to CDA.    Conceding to the request of the residents, a scheme was formulated at a capital cost of Rs 48.125 million for construction of four primary schools and the Ministry of Education accorded approval for the execution of this scheme on November 10, 2000. FG Model School, G-11/2, now has been converted into high school and classes of metric have been started as well. Thousands of students have been studying in theses four schools. By using substandard material and irregularities in the construction, officials have played with the lives of children and the ministry did not take any action ignoring the gravity of the issue.   The October 8, 2005 earthquake that caused widespread destruction in northern Pakistan, the school children were the worst hit. Most students were at schools when the earthquake struck. Many were buried under collapsed school buildings. And the severity of the damage caused by the quake was attributed to severe upthrust, coupled with poor construction. Likewise, a powerful earthquake hit central China on May 13, 2008, killing nearly 10,000 people, as schools and other buildings collapsed across eight provinces.  The collapse of one high school left 1,000 students and teachers dead or missing and, as many as, 900 students were trapped beneath the rubble of another town's devastated high school.