Govt primary school’s merger brings to fore the plight education
Jalandhar(Kusum Arora) – With 139 Government Primary Schools having less than 20 students each, Hoshiarpur district has brought to the fore the poor functioning of government education system in doaba region. Hoshiarpur district topped the list of schools with a strength of less than 20 students followed by Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar with 85 schools. Jalandhar and Kapurthala with 53 and 40 such government primary schools, which would be merged with other schools nearby. The Punjab Government on Saturday announced to merge 800 government primary schools having less than 20 students with other nearby government schools. The schools would be merged by October 25. In Hoshiarpur, many government primary schools in the remote areas came to education department’s notice, where the maximum strength was only five students on an average. A case in point was government primary school, Basoya in Hoshiarpur where a teacher was teaching only one student!At Badial Saini primary school, the teacher was teaching only two students. Similarly, in Tarkhana Gujjran primary school, only three students were studying. The average students in most of the government primary schools in Hoshiarpur were around 12. “As these government primary schools were situated in remote areas, neither the teachers and nor the parents of the students ever raised any objection with its functioning. Even the previous government never paid attention to this issue”, said a teacher.Similarly, in Jalandhar government primary school in Sardar Wala had a minimum strength of five students only while a school in Rishi Nagar in Kartarpur block had just six students. In Kapurthala also the situation was no good, as many schools had strength of five to six students each. At government primary school Mukhatramwala under Sultanpur Lodhi-2 block only four students were studying. Similarly at government primary school Mahiwal in Sultanpur Lodhi, only six students were studying. SBS Nagar was no different, where government primary school Gabbe Majra has only three students while six students were studying in Maksudpur primary school.Meanwhile, following the state government’s decision, Government Teachers Union, Punjab held protests against state government’s move to merge such schools. President Sukhwinder Singh Chahal said that the protests would continue until the government takes back its decision. “The Punjab government was yet to provide books to the students, even as the current academic session was drawing to a close. Teachers posts were also lying vacant but instead of considering these crucial issues, the government preferred to merge 800 schools in the state”, he said.He said that the congress government was snatching the right of education from poor students studying in far flung government schools of the district. However, a section of teachers welcomed the move and termed it a wise decision of the state government. “It is a wise decision, as student’s education and the performance of teachers could never be judged. There have been cases of proxy attendance of teachers and such a move would bring transparency and result oriented initiative”, the teachers said.
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