Rewari girls who sat on strike for studies lose battle to poor faculty, 28 drop out
The school doesn’t have new teachers and there are no laboratories for science classes forcing 28 girls to drop out and 25 to shift to other schools.gurgaon Updated: Jul 25, 2017 10:53 IST
In Gothra Village of Rewari, it was hard fought battle for girl students who sat on a week-long hunger strike in May to get senior secondary status for their school. The government then had bowed to their demands, but two months later, lack of faculty and labs have forced 28 girls to drop out and 25 to shift to other schools.
The state government had upgraded the school, located 90km from Gurgaon, following the protest by the students. A total of 70 girls were admitted to class 11 and 12 in science, arts and commerce streams. Now, 17 students are attending the school while the rest have either dropped out or shifted to other schools.
The school is yet to get new teachers and there is no facility of labs for science classes.
Irked by the shortcomings, students and parents protested on Monday morning. They locked the main gate of the school and sat on an indefinite protest outside the school demanding allocation of teachers. They called off the protest after village chief Suresh Chauhan met the district administration officials who said the demands will be met by July 27.
“My friend has left her studies and is helping her mother with household chores. She wanted to study science but there is no facility at our school. Her parents are not allowing her to go to another village for higher studies,” said Sujata Choudhary, an arts student of class 11.
“State education minister Ram Bilas Sharma had announced that the school will be upgraded to class 12. But, for this, the school must have at least 150 students in classes 9 and 10. However, the total number of students from class 6 to 12 are 150 in the school,” said headmaster Satish Kumar.
“We need teachers and facilities on the campus. The students are forced to drop out of science stream due to lack of faculty,” said a student.
“We have eight teachers for 150 students and four more teachers are likely to join on July 27. We have received instructions from our department that the vacant posts will be filled by the month-end,” said Kumar, adding that the total requirement of teachers is 21.