THE COMMENCEMENT of new academic session of the schools in the City remained very much a formality on Saturday with very few students and teachers actually turning up at schools. It was learnt that the average attendance in the 301 schools and Madarsas remained at a measly 15 per cent.
Teachers at various schools however faced the ire of the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) as action was taken on the absent teachers. The joint direct of divisional office of the DPI visited several schools in Bhopal and Sehore districts.
At a school at Berkhedi, he found that the school had been closed down at 3.30 pm itself, while the regular timings are till 5 pm. Also, only 15 out of 60 enrolled children were present at the school. The joint director ordered cutting of salary of one day for entire staff of the school.
The district education officer Dhirendra Chaturvedi inspected 22 schools and ordered action on 41 teachers who were found absent without reason. He also expressed displeasure over the very poor attendance in the schools.
Many schools saw only handful students strolling in on the first day of the academic session, though this year, the DPI has been strongly insisting on starting serious business at schools from the very first day.
A primary school near Patrakar Bhavan in Malaviya Nagar witnessed a very interesting situation. The primary school has only 17 students on the roll of whom only four appeared on the first day. Of the two teachers one was absent and the other one – the in-charge K K Updhyaya, was seen brooming the school, cleaning utensils as also distributing the schoolbooks to the four students. Some schools felt shortage of textbooks of some classes.
Sweet mid-day meal unconsumed
THE GESTURE of the NGO Nandi Foundation to provide traditional sweet – Halwa – as mid-day meal on first day of academic session went in vain as most of the schools recorded very low attendance.
The Nandi Foundation would be distributing mid-day meals from this academic session. Till July 17, the foundation would be distributing the meals to about 26,000 students in 130 schools, after which it would cover all the 66,000 students studying in 301 schools including the 86 Madarsas.
On the first day, the Foundation got prepared Halwa and sent them across to the 130 schools on eight vehicles. However, most of the edible stuff came back unused as there were very few students available at the school.
The Nandi Foundation that has been providing mid-day meals at Indore and Jabalpur since last year has been provided 1.5 acre of land in BHEL locality and Rs 1.05 crores by the State Government to run the scheme. The foundation is expected to provide tasty mid-day meal to the students at the cost of Rs 1.56 per student per day.