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Villagers lock up school over shortage of teachers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ajmer, August 20, 2014
First Published: 22:34 IST(20/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:39 IST(20/8/2014)
Angry villagers locked up two teachers of the Kayad secondary school on Wednesday in protest against the education department's failure to appoint the required number of teachers.
 
The people also locked the gates of the school, located around 11 km from here.
 
The two teachers were finally "rescued" by the district education officer (DEO) who rushed to the village to pacify the villagers and assured them of solving the problem soon.
 
The villagers were also unhappy at two shifts by the school management.
 
"Our voices were falling on deaf ears despite submission of memoranda and reminders demanding posting of adequate teaching staff," said KK Moyal, president of Kayad village vikas samiti.
 
Moyal warned the education department to resolve the issue within a week or "we will put a permanent lock on the school".
 
Pradhan Gurjar, secretary of the village vikas samiti, said that students of class 10 were suffering as the school did not have senior teachers for English and Science.
 
Gurjar also raised the issue of over operating the school in two shifts.
 
The school has seven rooms and 350 students. Out of 350 students, 200 plus students are in primary section and go to school in morning shift, he said.
 
During winters, the young children have to go to school in biting cold conditions due to which they miss school very often, Gurjar added.
 
DEO (secondary) of Ajmer, Deepak Johari expressed helplessness saying appointment of teachers is in the government's hand. "We cannot do anything in this regard. However, we will arrange temporary faculty," he said.

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