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Rewari girls on dharna again: School upgraded, but number of teachers halved

Under fire due to girls’ hunger strike, the government had flouted norms in upgrading the school.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:20 IST
Girl students of Government Senior Secondary School protesting in Rewari.
Girl students of Government Senior Secondary School protesting in Rewari. (HT Photo)

The girls of Government Senior Secondary School in Gothra Thappa Dahina village of Rewari district once again sat on dharna outside their school on Monday, demanding teachers for their upgraded school.

“When the school was till Class 10, there were eight teachers against a vacancy of 21. Now, that the school is till Class 12, the number has come down to four,” Suresh Chauhan, the sarpanch of the village said, adding that there were no teachers for any stream in Class 11 and 12.

The Haryana government had on May 17 upgraded the high school in the village to senior secondary after many girl students sat on hunger strike for eight days. The girls had complained they had to face molestation while going to school in the neighbouring village, and had demanded that the high school in their own village be upgraded to senior secondary.

Under fire due to girls’ hunger strike, the government had flouted norms in upgrading the school. However, the girls now complain that there are no teachers to teach them.

“Last year, 50% students failed in this school due to shortage of teachers,” said a protesting girl.

The girls deferred their protest after two hours on assurance of district administration oficials, who promised that teachers will be deployed in the school by July 27. “We will sit on dharna again on July 28 if teachers are not deployed,” the protesting students said.

The village sarpanch has also demanded that the present teachers be replaced, alleging that they waste their time in smoking beedis and playing cards during the school hours.